Enormous Jean Louis Scherrer Pendant, 5-1/2" x 3", in African shield tribal design. Silver tone and signed Scherrer Paris. Excellent condition. I am including a chain that is not original but matches the pendant really well. The snake chain itself is 18". This is a real statement piece by a fabulous and collectible French designer. Note the selling price for one in gold tone in the last photo.
Jean-Louis Scherrer (19 February 1935, Paris – 20 June 2013, Paris ) was a Parisian fashion designer and couturier.
Born in Paris, Scherrer trained as a dancer at the Conservatoire de Paris until he injured his back, which put him out of action for three months. He then decided to focus on fashion design, and in 1956, joined Christian Dior as an assistant designer alongside Yves Saint Laurent. Following Dior's death in 1957, Scherrer worked under Saint Laurent, and then for Louis Féraud, before launching his own fashion house in 1962 on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré with the backing of Jacques Chabrol, a French millionaire.
In the mid-1960s Scherrer had an agreement with the American department store Bergdorf Goodman to grant them exclusive rights to reproduce and resell his designs in the States. His clients included Anne-Aymone Giscard d'Estaing, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Raquel Welch, who wore Scherrer animal-print dresses in the 1977 film L'Animal. By the 1980s, his work was known for its opulence and luxury. There is an excellent article about Scherrer's biography and specifically his jewelry that you can find online -Beyond Dior: The Jewelry of Jean-Louis Scherrer by Karin Zwaneveld.
"Initially utilitarian, ephemeral objects that were a key component of the defensive reflex, shields became so elaborate and ingeniously made that they came to be seen as works of art in their own right. By definition, a shield's main purpose is for combat, acting as a sign of a kind of war rite. Yet it is also an object for ostentatious display in which communication is achieved through aesthetic power. One of the trappings of personal adornment, a shield could be made for a feast day, for a ritual dance, or for a parade, as its presence in the tournaments of the medieval period makes abundantly clear. This explains why shields have spent infinitely less time in the hands of warriors on the field of battle than hanging in halls with other curios, or in private collections and museums. The elementary purpose of self-protection could never be enough. The need for defense has nearly always been allied to a desire for magnificent display."
---- Alain-Michel Boyer
Shields: Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania
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Vintage Jean Louis Scherrer Paris Tribal Style Necklace
$55 USD SOLD