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‘Pansy’ pendant

Artist
René Lalique
Locality
Paris
Date
c. 1900
Material
Gold, enamel, diamonds, Baroque pearl
Dimensions
H. 9 cm
Location
Currently not on display
Inventory Number
88/321
Acquisition Circumstance
Acquired with support of the Allianz Versicherungsgesellschaft, Munich, in 1988

Description

The Parisian designer René Lalique was the pre-eminent decorative artist of his time. This pendant is proof of this. It is a spectacular interpretation of the pansy, a flower motif that was a favourite in Art Nouveau. The pansy, rendered in iridescent blue enamel, is depicted already wilting. The partially folded edges of the leaves are set with diamonds. The flower's French name - 'pensée' - lends it the symbolic meaning of commemoration and remembrance.

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