Designed as a facetted diamond baton, set between tapering shoulders embellished with a latticed motif composed plique à jour enamel in dark blue and pale opalescent green, to a gold shank, circa 1905, signed Lalique, French assay mark for gold. Size J.
Rene Lalique (1860 -1945) needs no introduction and is universally acknowledged as one of Art Nouveau's most celebrated artists. His jewellery and glass work feature in most Museum collections around the world and there are museums dedicated solely to his work in France, The Netherlands and Japan.
The Japanese connection is one of kindred spirits...the Japanese reverence for nature and its many varied (and perhaps more often over-looked or esoteric) characters is something that is perfectly reflected in Lalique's jewellery from the period. Indeed it's hard to extract Japan's influence from much of the art world in France at the turn of the 20th Century and when Lalique began his apprenticeship with respected jeweller Louis Aucoc in 1876 it was as Japonisme was sweeping the nation...by the time the naturalistic fantasies of "Art Nouveau" took hold, Japanese sensibilities were well absorbed by the artistic psyche.
This ring is somehow so perfect...delicate and abstract and yet commanding so much presence and so resolutely organic in reference...it's the magic of Lalique.