This spectacular French white Galalith necklace has some provenance. Its designer, Francois Schoenlaub, was fascinated by Galalith (aka French Bakelite) after discovering it at a flea market in 1976. He found one company that still made the rare material and set up the company GUILLEMETTE L'HOIR - PARIS (1976 to 1995). He designed and produced his first collection of jewelry, inspired by the modern pioneers of the Art Deco, Bauhaus, and Modernist eras, and then later, the Italian based Memphis group of the 1980s.
His first collection was an instant success and the top stores bought his work as fast as he could make it. Each design was limited in production because of the hand work involved. Schoenlaub's designs are in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and closely held in private collections.
This rare necklace is typical of Schoenlaub's refined, minimalist style. The all-cream white Galalith piece has a winged effect, each piece cut out and crafted by hand and then polished. The screw barrel clasp blends right into the beads.
The necklace measures 16 inches around. The center fans out to 6 1/4 inches across by 2 1/4 inches wide. The back is signed GUILLEMETTE L'HOIR - PARIS.
These Schoenlaub pieces are few and far between...rarely found for sale. We're delighted to offer it here...in excellent condition.
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