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

RENÉ FOY (worked from c.1890)

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

c. 1900 France

Offered by Tadema Gallery

£38,000 gbp
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'The Vestal Virgins'
An important classical jewel in the style of the antique by the Art Nouveau Parisian jeweler René Foy.
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.
An extraordinary jewel by René Foy whose contribution to the Paris International Exhibition 1900 was greatly praised.
The brooch fitting can be unscrewed to allow for the hinged pendant loops (Please see 'Reverse' view).
Very good
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
Dimensions
Height 5.00 cm (1.97 inches)
Width 5.60 cm (2.20 inches)
Stock Code
4808
Medium
Gold, painted ivory, enamel, diamond & pearl
Signed/Inscribed
Signature 'René Foy' (engraved) on reverse of brooch. The pin with eagle's head & makers mark
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