The most fantastic early Louis Rousselet gilt brass and amethyst Gripoix glass bead festoon necklace.
This beauty dates from 1930's.
A single row of gilt and amethyst beads supports three rows falling in a festoon with gilded brass spheres embossed with gilded wire. The disc shaped amethyst poured glass beads are capped with gilt brass findings.
The fabulous clasp is designed as a twin gold tone leaf with a hook and eye, which is stamped to the back Made in France, the typical early Rousselet mark.
This clasp was widely used on Rousselet's early pieces The gilt filigree work, findings and beautiful hand poured glass beads are of such high quality and again typical of the work of Rousselet. The gilt rose and pierced gilt backs is also widely used in the early Rousselet pieces.
The amethyst poured glass beads are exceptional and of such vibrant colour when they catch the light.
Length of 28 inch with 2 inch fall.
In very good vintage condition with a lovely patina consistent with the age of this early piece.
You will rarely come across such an early piece of Rousselet and of such stunning design. A one off and worthy of any collection.
Louis Rousselet a French beadmaker and jewelry designer of Paris, France founded the Rousselet Company designing beads and jewelry using unusual ceramic and Galalith beads of the 1930s and producing charming floral necklaces made of artificial looking and colored pearls including seed pearls, and glass colored beads and clear and colored rhinestones. He was classified as one of the outstanding beadmakers of the twentieth century. In the 1920s, he employed 800 people producing beads (beads of Galalith (casein - a phosphoprotein that is one of the chief constituents of milk and the basis of cheese used in plastics, glass etc.), and some other types including glass beads for important people in and around Paris. The outstanding product of the company was glass beads. The beads made had what was called lamp wounds and were often given baroque shapes to emphasize their individuality.
For more than 50 years, the Rousselet workshops have been making imitation enamel and lustrous artificial pearls, which have built the company’s reputation. The handiwork of the Parisian jewelry makers guarantee the perfect confection, always unique and delicately made, going from large and eccentric designs to tiny pearls (sometimes less than a millimetre in size).
Like in Venice, glass was worked on directly on the fire on a brass rod that, as soon as the form of the bead was made, was dissolved in acid, clearing the holes. Many fashion houses used to come and get supplies, used for embroidery on their clothing designs. Chains and jewelry elements were also produced made in the Rousselet factory outside Paris.
The beads and jewelry designs graced models, actresses and singers as well as fashionable French ladies and he also designed jewelry for Music Hall stars Josephine Baker and Mistingette. The beads, rhinestones and pearls, used in the jewelry of goldtone and silvertone filigree metal base, were prong set and wired together. Rousselet’s daughter Denise assisted in designing the costume jewelry starting in the 1960s. Rousselet died in 1980. Mark: " Depose Made in France", "Louis ROUSSELET MODELE DEPOSE MADE IN FRANCE", "PERLE DE SEVGNE MADE IN FRANCE", Paper label "LR", "Louis Rousselet". Some pieces were also marked "FRANCE" OR "MADE IN FRANCE". The jewelry is highly sought after today.
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