Erte “Beloved” Sterling silver Lapis and mother of pearl pin / pendant; Featuring a cameo carved mother of pearl in the form of a praying lady with oxidized silver head dress. Mounted on a Lapis Lazuli back ground that is bezel set in a silver frame inlaid with Lapis Lazuli. Dropping from a removable silver bale set with a cultured pearl and also inlaid Lapis Lazuli accenting. The Bale opens to allow for a bead necklace. Also fitted with a pin and revolving safety clasp on the back.
Dimensions: 1 /78 x 1 1/2
Designed and signed by: Erte (front bottom right)
Limited edition: 204 of 250
Erte the Designer:
Often credited as a major influence in the early Art Deco movement, Erté Romain de Tirtoff Russian descent born in 1892. At the age of 18 he made his home in Paris, France 990 Globally recognized for his decadent designs and groundbreaking style. In 1915 he found his niche illustrating the covers of Harper’s Bazzaar the magazine and many others that gave him global notoriety for over 20 years during the influential Deco period of the 1920’s
At 18 years old, the Russian-born artist made his home in Paris, France where he eventually found his niche in fashion design, beginning in 1915, illustrating over 200 covers for Harper’s Bazaar magazine during a run of over 20 years. Additionally, his work appeared in numerous other publications, all of which gained him worldwide recognition throughout the 1920s. During this period he also branched out into the larger format of theatre with costume and stage design. In popular productions at the time such as the Folies-Bergère and the Ziegfeld Follies, which he continued to do into the late 50’s.
In the 60’s Erte embraced the Art Deco revival turning his hand to the production of Art Deco inspired creating editions of lithographs and serigraphs, bronze sculptures, vases, and jewelry, working until his passing in 1990. Today his signed and limited-edition pieces fetch strong prices at international auction houses.