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Art Nouveau
A wonderful sapphire, pearl and diamond scarab pendant with champlevé enamel decoration.

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A wonderful Art Nouveau scarab pendant by Rene Lalique c.1900, the scarab formed from a pale blue carved sapphire cabochon held in place by ten long curved claws set with rose-cut diamonds within a triangular open frame decorated with light blue champlevé enamel and with eight raised graduated arms each terminating in a round white pearl, all finely crafted in yellow gold and suspended from a diamond set bale, with fine gold chain set with twelve small pearls.
  • OriginFrench
  • Gemstones and Other MaterialsRound cabochon pale blue sapphire estimated to weigh approximately 22cts 8 small round white natural pearls estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 5cts 60 rose cut diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 0.30cts
  • Condition ReportVery fine
  • Setting18ct gold signed Lalique
  • Weight description36 grams
  • Dimensions5.5cm wide, 4.5cm tall, chain 16.5" long
Directors notes
Both the motif and overall shape of this piece were used repeatedly by Lalique from the late 1890s onwards. The scarab motif features in a variety of materials from gemstones to glass and also enamel in pieces including rings, pendants, necklaces and hat pins. Examples of Lalique scarab jewellery can be seen in both the Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris as well as the Gulbenkian collection in Lisbon.

Lalique, René

The term revolutionary cannot be so aptly applied to many in the history of jewellery as it can to René-Jules Lalique.

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