More jewelry, from the abundance of riches at at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts collection of Art Nouveau & Art Deco works. (Previous VMFA posts here, here, and here.)
This brooch* is the work of Georges Fouquet (1862-1957), a Paris goldsmith who worked in both the Art Nouveau and the Art Deco styles. For a time during his Art Nouveau period, he collaborated with Alphonse Mucha.
You can see a sample of the work from that period here at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art. Mucha also designed Fouquet’s new showroom in Paris.
Though this brooch is of a later date, it is still very much in the Art Nouveau tradition, and the woman’s face reminds me a bit of the model in the Mucha poster below.
If you’re curious about Fouquet’s Art Deco work (we didn’t have time to linger in the Art Deco collection, alas), here’s an example from the VMFA and here’s one from the Met.
If you could choose between Fouquet’s Art Nouveau and his Art Deco jewelry, which would you rather wear?
*Museum website description: Brooch, 1904, Georges Fouquet (French , 1862 - 1957), gold, enamel, opal, unidentified ivory colored stones, engraved glass, diamonds, pearls 3¾ x 7¾ in. 9.5 x 19.6 cm Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis