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Emile Olive (1852-1902), An Impressive Belle Epoque Brooch-Pendant by Fonsèque & Olive, French, c.1895. Photo Tadema Gallery

Gold Silver Plique-à-jour enamel Emerald Diamond Pearl. H: 9 cm (3.54 in)  W: 5.25 cm (2.07 in). Marks: 2 x Boars head & ‘FO’ monogram. Fitted Case

Literature: Henri Vever, La Bijouterie Française au XIXe Siècle, translated by Katherine Purcell, p. 1021.
Dictionnaire International du Bijou, Paris 1998, p. 228.

Notes: Emile Olive succeeded Georges Le Sache as designer for Lucien Falize. He left Falize in 1885 to form a partnership with Georges Fonsèque in Paris. After Olive’s death in 1902 Fonseque continued the business for a further twenty years.

This pendant is an exceptional example of the fusion of Japonisme and Art Nouveau in France. The background in plique-à-jour enamel represents a lily pond in the Japanese cloisonné manner on which a magnificent blister pearl set in gold appears to float. The fine diamond-studded frame surround shows the elegant and characteristic swirls of the French Art Nouveau style.

(source Tadema Gallery)