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LOUIS AUCOC 1850-1932
‘The Birth of Venus’
A superb symbolist pendant/brooch
Gold Enamel Diamond Pearl
H: 7.6 cm (2.99 in)  W: 4.2 cm (1.65 in)
Marks: Eagle's head & maker's mark LA with a wolf between in a vertical lozenge
Literature: cf. Alastair Duncan, The Paris Salons 1895-1914, Jewellery, Vol. 1, The Designers A-K, 1994, pp.40-43
Michael Koch, The Belle Époque of French Jewellery 1850-1910, Thomas Heneage & Co Ltd, 1990, pp.231-233
Louis Aucoc was a leading Parisian art nouveau jeweller and goldsmith.
'The Birth of Venus' jewel shows the head of Venus surrounded by bladder wrack seaweed and backed by a diamond studded sea star. The marine theme symbolizes Venus’ birth, fully formed from the sea and the white diamond star represents Venus’ name sake... the morning star.