An exquisite French pendant, brought by its proud owner to the latest DOMVS valuation day in Wareham, was the highlight of the event for expert Deborah Doyle from Duke’s Auctioneers. The Art Nouveau enamel beauty was made by Etienne Tourette, an important French enamellist who worked in the late 19th/early 20th century and was for a while head of the Lalique enamel workshop.
Tourette’s work is known, beside his technical competence and fabulous use of colour, for a technique he developed: During the process of enamelling he added minute pieces of silver, gold or platinum (so called “paillons”) which created an extra sparkle in the enamel. The pendant brought along to the Corn Exchange in Wareham last week was badly damaged on the reverse so was worth just hundreds but in perfect condition would have been valued in the thousands.
Polly Greenway DOMVS Director said “Yet again our valuation day with Duke’s has discovered a fascinating object and given the owner an insight into its history and we all agreed it was a great piece to see. We will be holding more valuation events in 2016 as they have proved to be immensely popular”
DOMVS: 15th Oct 2015 16:27:00