Cherry Blossom Festival
Rare jade & gold necklace by René Boivin, Paris 1911
The years of the turn of the century around 1900, the Belle Époque, was also the golden era of jewellery. In the metropolises, above all in Paris, an international elite of industrialists, aristocrats, actresses and Russian emigrés, whose wealth is legendary to this day and whose desire to show it off has hardly been equalled, celebrated together. Jewellery was a means of self-expression. It indicated class, wealth and originality: Each new fashion required new jewels, and society discussed who had worn which pieces and when. Many of the great houses still known today acquired their fame then, such as Cartier or van Cleef & Arpels; but alongside them shone great artists such as Wiese, Falize, Lalique and Vever. One of them, René Boivin (1864-1917), opened his first workshop in 1890 in the Rue de Turbigo, initially producing for big names such as Mellerio and Boucheron, and from around 1905 also rising to the heavens of jewellery under his own name. Boivin served all styles. He designed in the Egyptian and Assyrian styles as well as in Art Nouveau, created jewellery in the Garland Style (then called "style Louis XVI") and Art Déco. In the years just before the war, he also designed a few pieces in the Japonais style. The art of Japan, especially woodblock prints, had already been discovered by artists in Paris in the late 19th century. The two-dimensionality of the illustrations, the foreign vegetation, the reduced manner of depiction had excited them and decisively influenced the development of Art Nouveau. Boivin took up these characteristics when he designed jewellery in the Japanese style. The necklace presented here shows this impressively. The work of jade, pearls and high-carat gold consists of a long, handmade chain holding a wide central section with five suspensions. In the middle, a relief of gold is placed on the jade. Cherry blossoms shine here in front of gnarled branches. The attached chains with beads and spheres and pampels of jade seem to form their roots. At the same time, they are not heavy, but dangle elegantly with every movement of their wearer. The necklace does not overwhelm the eye with precious gems: it convinces with its design and first-class craftsmanship. It is aimed at an educated public that defined itself through taste and style and found joy in the exclusive unique piece. An illustration of our necklace from the year it was made, 1911, can be found in Françoise Cailles: René Boivin Joaillier, Paris 1994, p. 48. We discovered the necklace in London, but three of the jade drops had been lost over the last 110 years. Our workshop restored the piece according to the antique illustration and so it is complete again. A museum worthy and collectible piece of jewellery history.
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