ROBERT NAUGHTEN Inverness, Scotland
“Kildonan Celtic” brooch 1869
Gold with a cabochon garnet, designed as a quatrefoil with long-billed birds, rose-cut diamond eyes.
Inscribed on reverse: Kildonan 1869, R, Naughten, Inverness, From Celtic Brooch, Cadboll, 1869, British registry marks
This brooch is based on the quatrefoil-form extremities of the large penannular Cadboll brooch (8th & 9th Century)
Model illustrated and for more information see: “Scottish Gold and Silver Work” Ian Finlay, p. 15, plate 6
Eugenio Avolio, sculptor (1876-1929) Naples
Silver hand finished and repoussed in the form of a staghorn beetle with horns encircling the round magnifying glass, gold details
Signed: L. GAILLARD (engraved) on lower right leg, head of Minerva (950/1000 pure silver)
The staghorn beetle was a favorite form for Gaillard and the inspiration for many examples of his work including jewelry, vases and this magnifying glass. A variant model in cast bronze can be seen in the collection of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.
LISA SOTILIS (b. 1944) Greece
“Kalliope Muse” necklace 1970
Handwrought 18K-24K gold, further inset with ancient and rare carved green jade and cabochon jade jewels, natural pearls
Marks: LS monogram (impressed on a gold nugget form on the back of the necklace)
Exhibited: Parallel Dialogues from the jewelry of ancient Vergi to the modern jewelry of Lisa Sotilis, Archaeological Museum of Serres, 16 November 2013 – 16 January 2014, curated by Pierre Kaloussian Velissiotis & Giovanna Dalla Chiesa
Necklace illustrated: SOTILIS, Parallel Dialogues from the jewelry of ancient Vergi to the modern jewelry of Lisa Sotilis, exhibition catalogue, Archaeological Museum of Serres, 16 November 2013 – 16 January 2014, curated by Pierre Kaloussian Velissiotis & Giovanna Dalla Chiesa (Milano-Cannes-Athens: Musarte Edition 2013).
For more information and related Sotilis jewelry see: Giorgio de Chirico and Lisa Sotilis; The Thousand Eyes of the Sphinx, Floriano de Santi and Pierre Kaloussian Velissiotis (Athens: Pierre Kaloussian Velissiotis, 2010)
By repute this necklace was given as a present to Christina Onassis by her in-laws Dorette Karaiossifoglu-Andreadis and Stratis Andreadis.
PAUL LÁSZLÓ (1900-1993) Austria / USA
MARIA ROTT (enamel) Vienna, Austria
Enameled sterling cigarette case c.1925
Hand painted foil backed and colorful fired enamel scene with a figure and a flowering plant all within a red enamel border on sterling
Marks: Paul Laszlo (on inside edge, rubbed), RS in a cartouche (Vienna maker’s mark), STERLING
H: 4″ x W: 3″ x D: 3/8″
Matching enamel dresser set by Paul Laszlo illustrated: “Kunsthandwerk” Band 62, Heft 5, February 1930
Born in Budapest, the architect Paul Laszlo studied in Vienna, Paris and Berlin before setting up an office in Vienna. By 1927, Laszlo had moved to Stuttgart where he quickly made a name for himself across Europe. In 1936, he relocated to Beverly Hills, California, which had become a haven for many artists and designers seeking artistic freedom. There he quietly found work designing modern homes and interiors, often for Hollywood celebrities. Laszlo created textiles, lamps, as well as custom furniture for his modernist homes and corporate interiors. His comfortable, yet elegant designs pay tribute to the modern luxury and easy livability of the early to mid 20th Century interiors of Vienna.
This enamel on sterling case really is one of the very best fired enamel examples of its type. It has a wonderful range of beautifully toned and colored enamel with foil backing in some areas which also gives it extra luminosity and metallic glow. It is in perfect condition and the detail and masterful artistic quality of the painting is also extremely fine and exquisitely rendered.
It has all the style and characteristics of the accomplished Neue Shachlichkeit (or New Realism / Objectivity) painting style Laszlo would have been familiar with and exposed to either in Berlin or Stuttgart as well as the New Realism style in Vogue in Vienna, where Laszlo also worked in the 1920’s. Considering the difficulty in controlling fired enamel, this exceptional Laszlo enameled case is a bargain by comparison of the price per square inch of a comparable painting on canvas such as a Christian Schad or Otto Dix! In fact, paintings are vastly more simple to execute and immediately rendered by comparison to a fired enamel “painting” on sterling like this exceptional case which would require a very lengthy and tedious process to accomplish a work of this caliber.
Paul Laszlo left Germany for America in 1936 and established a successful design firm in Beverly Hills, became an American citizen and lived happily in Southern California for the rest of his life.
Cartier Art Deco brooch, carved rock crystal with a fancy platinum mount set with two European and cushion cut diamonds (approx. 3 carats TW) further set with two European and cushion cut diamonds (approx. 1 carat TW) with diamond pave work filling out the surrounding floral motif, original leather box, signed and numbered, c. 1925
French Art Deco “Heptagon” clip / brooch set with a large fancy cut madeira citrine and 8 baguette madeira citrines all set in 18K gold, signed GA in a diamond French touch mark, French Eagle’s head mark for 18k gold, c. 1935
For a related oval gold and cameo medallion box in the Russian National Museum presented in the original Iosif Marschak Kiev box see: Illustration #560 “Faberge / Cartier” by Geza von Habsburg (2003)
MAHROKH BECK Munich, Germany
Stylized flower brooch c. 2005
Set in 18 K yellow gold with a large square cut citrine (approx. 40 carats TW) and a smaller square cut citrine (approx. 4 carats TW), 2 oval orange citrines, 2 oval yellow citrines, 2 oval sapphires and cognac diamonds
Provenance: Dolores del Rio
Illustrated: “The Impossible Collection of Jewelry” by Vivienne Becker(Assouline, 2015)