Archive for the Rene Lalique Category Sarah Bejeweled
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Georges Fouquet, Rene Lalique, Sarah Bernhardt on September 29, 2010 by
My intention has been to post a simple little article on the Divine Sarah.
With Sarah Bernhardt it AIN’T that easy.
as the Empress of Byzantium Théodora by Sardou
I was a pissy little homo- boy, my mother dismissed my histrionic fits by telling me to “stop acting like Sarah Bernhardt”.
I hadn’t a clue as to what she was referring to, I do now.
Sarah is eternally fascinating. As I cannot possibly tackle the Goddess in one little modest post, perhaps chapters would be best.
As I like shiny things, and Sarah liked shiny things lets begin with jewels.
We all know the quite fabulous Dragonfly corsage , so let us start
gold, enamel, chrysoprase stones, moonstones .
Museo Calouste Gulbenkian
I have read that this perverse little creature owned by Sarah’s friend, Calouste Gulbenkian, was a portrait sculpture of Bernhardt. I don’t see a resemblance, but it is of course quite extraordinary.
Calouste lent this jaw dropper only once to dear Sarah, but we are still talking about it.
The man had fine taste, plus he was rather cute.
In addition to this bit of
magnificence, he was a fine patron to Lalique. I must post more in a
future date, but I cannot resist the siren call of this piece.
gold and enamel
Museo Calouste Gulbenkian
Lalique wasn’t the only horse in Sarah’s bejeweled stable. Georges Fouquet and Alphonse Mucha produced this dazzling wonder.
gold, diamonds, opals , rubies, and enamel
Alphonse Mucha Museum
Sakai City, Japan
As the opal is Sarah’s birthstone, the Snake Bracelet is particularly fitting.
It’s Orientalist mystique is by way of a larger snake that wraps round her wrist, Snake -1 linked to ring -Snake- 2 by a delicate series of chains. Flexibility is provided by discreet hinges from behind. a mechanical bit of genius that even I can appreciate. In addition to designing Sarah’s jewels, Mucha of course famously designed posters for many of her performances. this poster of 1898, depicts the divine one as Medea, in the production of Médée
performed at the Theatre de la Renaissance.
Bracelet quite visible, in addition to the bloody knife. Georges Fouquet and Alphonse Mucha collaborated on other pieces, this pendant will drive you mad.
Georges Fouquet and Alphonse Mucha
gold, enamel, mother of pearl, emerald, colored stone, gold paint
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Clearly dear Mucha relished being Sarah’s lap dog.
on to design more for Sarah, jewels and posters most specifically. When Miss Bernhardt was performing La Princesse Lointaine at the
Renaissance Theatre in 1895, Mucha designed this magnificent tiara for her.
Diadem for La Princesse
Musée et Bibliothèque de l’Opera