DescriptionAmethyst, Enamel, Gold Necklace, By Louis Comfort Tiffany, Tiffany & Co.
The necklace features an oval-shaped amethyst measuring 24.74 x 17.89 x 14.18 mm and weighing approximately 35.00 carats, enhanced by round-cut amethysts weighing a total of approximately 0.85 carat, set in 18k gold, having enamel accents, suspended by an 18k gold beaded chain, complimented by enamel, marked Tiffany & Co. Gross weight 55.20 grams.
Length: 17-1/4 inches
Pendant Dimensions: 2 inches x 1-1/4 inches
The necklace has been passed down through three generations of New York women
For a matching brooch see Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co. by John Loring, page 69.
Gem Type: Amethyst
Gem Average Clarity: Good
Gem Shape: Oval-shaped, Round-cut
Gem Count: 1 - 25
Overall Condition: Very Good
Notes: Some small areas of enamel loss to leaf edges. In very good condition considering the age. In the book "Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co." by John Loring, the author writes about a brooch (which is imaged) and goes on to say "A very large amethyst pendant with a similar grapevine motif appears in an archival photograph." This is almost certainly in reference to this necklace, which is a match to the brooch. A true collector's piece. The grapes, leaves and vines are nicely executed.
Tiffany created a new niche; he combined art with craft, and functionality with aesthetics to design objects for personal adornment as well as useful objects for the home and for interior business décor. His stained glass lamps, candlesticks, chandeliers, and furniture were just as sought after as his brilliantly colored jewelry. Known for demanding perfection, Tiffany reportedly smashed any piece that he deemed flawed in any way. His original creations were sold in his father’s famous Fifth Avenue store in New York City, Tiffany & Co., and the reproductions of his original designs are still sold in that store as well as other highly select boutiques and interior design stores around the world.
Much of Tiffany’s work is housed in dozens of museums all over the world. The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan has hundreds of Tiffany objets d‘art on display, and the Morse Museum in Orlando, Florida is home to the most extensive collection of Tiffany’s works. It’s not necessary to visit a museum to see some of Tiffany’s designs; in the United States alone, thousands of Tiffany stained glass windows exist in churches from coast to coast.
His work today, if not found in museums or churches, is highly sought after and commands high prices. Lois Comfort Tiffany died in 1933, but his legacy, inspiration, and creations are sure to remain in the forefront of art and design.
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