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RENÉ FOY
The Vestal Virgins
An important classical brooch/pendant in the
style of the antique

Gold Painted Ivory Enamel Diamond Pearl
H: 5 cm (1.97 in)  W: 5.6 cm (2.2 in) 
Marks: Eagle's head mark
Signature 'René Foy' (engraved) on reverse of brooch
The pin with eagle's head & makers mark
French, c.1900
Fitted Case
An important classical jewel in the style of the antique
The gold & enamel 'Baroque' frame is set with old cut diamonds
The brooch fitting can be unscrewed to allow for the hinged pendant loops (Please see 'Reverse' view)
Literature: cf. Art Nouveau Jewelry, Vivienne Becker, 1985, p. 219, pl. 119. The Paris Salons 1895-1914, Jewellery, Alastair Duncan, 1994, Vol 1, The Designers A-K, P. 264-270
The Belle Epoque of French Jewellery 1850-1910
Thomas Heneage & Co Ltd, 1990, p. 231-233
Semi circular colonade of ionic columns. Strung between the capitals are enamelled floral garlands. The central motif is of the Vestal Virgins dancing around the sacred flame supported by a half column
Ref: 4808