Joan of Arc. Rene Lalique (1860-1945). Ca 1900. Gold, sappire ,enamel. “During the 19th century she was regarded as a national heroine who united the virtue of patriotism with the Catholic faith, and there was a strong and successful movement to have her canonized as a saint by the Pope. Her feast day is celebrated on May 30th. The pendant would have been commissioned from Lalique by one of the patriotic and Catholic supporters of her cause.”
NARRATIVE JEWELLERY ...... René Lalique Leda & the Swan pendant. Gold pendant, with a frame of enamelled gold water lilies enclosing a nude woman drying her long tresses as she watches a swan in the plique à jour blue pond at her feet making advances to her with his beak. At the base of the frame between two lilies is a dark blue sapphire in a rectangular border. René Lalique, Paris, c. 1898. TRULY AMAZING
René Lalique Diamond ring. The large diamond is set vertically along the bezel, framed within a border of green leaves on black stalks, with the shoulders also enamelled dark green. By René Lalique c.1902-4.