Louis Rousselet (1892-1980) began manufacturing glass and Galalith beads, as well as imitation pearls in Paris in the early 1920s. All types of beads were created, including the famous lampwork and puzzle beads. His beads bedecked Josephine Baker, and stars of the Follies Bergere and Moulin Rouge. Clients included Chanel, Jacques Fath, Robert Piquet and Balmain. Rousselet's daughter Denise designed occasional collections from 1943 until 1965. Rousselet beads were manufactured until 1975.
The French Art Deco necklace pictured is comprised of wonderful graduated frosted glass beads in a citrine shade. Umbrella caps in a baked black enamel alternating with etched / finely grooved silver tone panels adorn the ends of each of these beads. Translucent yellow ribbed lozenge beads provide twists of texture. The beads are strung on an unusual "woven" chain and secured to a grooved barrel screw clasp. All very French and very Art Deco. Beads and caps are top quality. Workmanship is unparalleled.
The necklace is a fixed approximate 16 inches with screw barrel clasp. The graduated round beads range in size from about 8 millimeters to an astounding 20 millimeters for the center bead. Ribbed lozenge beads range from approximately 7 millimeters to 12 millimeters. Weight of the necklace is about 86 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All beads free from chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. Frosted beads, especially the largest, show interior bubbles. All caps retain baked enamel finish and fine tooling. Beads are expertly strung on strong, secure chain, anchored to large screw barrel clasp. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
The necklace is signed on the male portion of the screw clasp where the chain is attached: "MADE IN FRANCE". Portions of the lettering cannot be seen because of the construction but it is apparent. Design, beads and workmanship indicate an early necklace by Louis Rousselet, circa 1920s-1930s. Chanel, Scemama, and Roger Jean-Pierre used the "Made in France" stamp as well; however, their styles. materials, and construction differ significantly from Rousselet's. French Deco beads were Rousellet's tour de force in the glorious years of the Twenties and Thirties. The necklace offered is a prime example of his work.
French Art Deco. A softer side of the cutting edge. Bead dazzled. At Cody's.
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