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"Fishes" Brooch

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René Lalique (1860-1945)1899 / 1900ParisGold with enamel, ivory and opal11,5 x 15 cm

The MKG possesses prime examples of Art Nouveau jewellery, including the extravagantly designed brooch by René Lalique. This piece is an example of a new generation of jewellery, that evolved in Paris around 1900. Lalique explored the limits of the art of jewellery making by combining diverse techniques and juxtapose of precious with semi-precious material. Thus, he focused the attention upon the artistic value of the piece, instead of limiting it to the material value. In terms of content, Lalique also delved into new realms by introducing Symbolist and sensual themes. At the turn of the 20th century, the "Style Lalique" ruled the taste of affluent and international consumers, and thus, challenged the craft of his contemporaries time and time again.