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LÉOPOLD ALBERT MARIN GAUTRAIT 1865-1937
'Helianthus'
An exceptionally fine Art Nouveau pendant

Gold Plique-à-jour Diamond Pearl
Pendant: H: 11.4 cm (4.49 in)  W: 4.7 cm (1.85 in) 
Chain: L: 47 cm (18.5 in) 
Marks: Signed: 'L. GAUTRAIT' (stamped) on front lower left.
Eagle's head on pendant top & chain.
French, c.1900
Fitted Case
This Symbolist jewel portrays the out come of the Greek myth of Clytie and the Sun God Apollo.
Clytie a water nymph who is deeply in love with Apollo transforms into a sunflower so that she may gaze at the beautiful face of Apollo all day.
Literature: cf. The Belle Epoque of French Jewellery 1850-1910, Munich 1991, page 283-291
Art Nouveau, The French Aesthetic, Victor Arwas, 2002, p.345
Imperishable Beauty, Art Nouveau Jewelry, Yvonne J.
Markowitz & Elyse Zorn Karlin, Museum of Fine Arts,
Boston, 2008, p. 80, 99, 133 & 147
The workmanship in this jewel is of the highest order equal to the the great names of French Art Nouveau such as Lalique and Wolfers.Reserved

Ref: 7734