Collectors and lovers of the Art to Wear jewelry from that fabulous "Father of Art Deco", ERTE, will be thrilled to have an opportunity to purchase this superb pendant/necklace and detachable brooch set titled "SALOME".
According to the description on Page 135 of the reference book I use to guide my purchases of Erte's pieces, "Erte, Art to Wear Jewelry", Erte found the inspiration for the brooch in the femme fatale, Giuletta, from "The Tales of Hoffman". What an exquisite model Giuletta was!
With a face and neckline sculpted from opalescent mother of pearl, her head is adorned with a 14k gold headpiece, glittering with 7 superb diamonds and a brilliant 4mm long deep red ruby. Three more diamonds and a small round ruby nestle in her earrings which dangle gracefully down the side of her neck, draped in gold jewelry. Her silhouette is set against polished onyx, all held in place by an oval of sterling silver adorned with gold drops. The pendant/brooch measures 2" high by 1 1/2" wide and is 1/4" thick.
The detachable pin is secured through a simple good loop to a 12" long set of onyx beads, divided symmetrically on each side by 14 filigreed 14k gold beads. The beaded necklace closes with a simple hook through clasp stamped 14k.
This authentic Erte "Salome" set is stamped, as you can see in the closeup of the back of the brooch with ©CFA, 14K, and SS for sterling silver. The well known scripted ERTE signature appears prominently on one side of the brooch. The overall weight of the necklace, including the brooch, is 51.3 grams.
When I purchased this piece for my Erte collection some years back, it did not come with the original box or paperwork so I cannot supply those. But apart from that, this is a wonderful opportunity to purchase Erte's "Salome" in beautiful condition to wear or add to your collection.
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