Duval & Le Turcq
Gold, paillon enamel in two shades of blue, rose cut diamonds and one old cut diamond.
Signed: Duval & Le Turcq, Paris, ca. 1889
In original box of Maison Botherau, Nantes.
Size: 5.0 x 3.0 cm.
Julien Duval (b. 1865) and Georges Le Turcq (b. 1859) became friends at the √Čcole des Arts D√©coratifs in Paris where they both studied. They established their business in 1885 and were celebrated for their extraordinary series of enameled orchid and butterfly jewels. They exhibited their striking organic works of art at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle, which contributed to the ¬´Orchidmania¬´ of the time and caused a craze for the jewels throughout the late 19th century. They had a similar success with a series of ¬´medal¬´ jewels, which became very popular in France and abroad. In 1894 their partnership ended. This butterfly brooch is a fine example of their work in 1889, for which they were, and still are, highly praised.
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