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French jewelry designer Georges Fouquet

French jewelry designer Georges Fouquet

1903 gold and silver brooch, framed female relief. Sprig of mistletoe, enameled gold and pearls. French jewelry designer Georges Fouquet

French jewelry designer Georges Fouquet
Fouquet Jewelry House lasted only 76 years. Three generations of the family have changed. The founder of the company was Alfons Fouquet (1828–1911), who in 1860 opened his first store. A decade will pass and the company will become known not only in France, but also in Europe. In 1895, the management of the company will go to his son – Georges Fouquet (1862–1957).
The son of Alfons Fouquet (1828-1911), Georges Fouquet, following his father developed the ideas of art nouveau. By the end of the 19th century he organized the production of amazing jewelry with stained glass enamel. A hereditary jeweler, Georges Fouquet had two things: excellent taste and commercial flair. And when Georges decided to separate from his father and create his own jewelry brand, he turned to the creations of Alphonse Mucha. He was subdued by the beautiful jewelry that the artist depicted on his canvases and theater posters.
They started working together in 1900, when Fouquet recently opened his own jewelry workshop. Preparing to participate in an exhibition in Paris, he asked Mucha to make sketches for his work. At that time, Mucha had already established himself in Europe as an artist and creator of promotional products. In particular, female images were especially popular – virgins of Slavic and Persian appearance, with mysterious looks, elusively crafty faces and shining hair.

Beautiful gold stained glass mother of pearl crystal brooch

Beautiful gold stained glass mother of pearl crystal brooch

For the Paris World Exhibition in 1900, Alphonse Mucha and Georges Fouquet designed a collection in the style of Art Nouveau. These jewelry was very different from the traditional jewelry designs of the time, but the public and critics accepted them very favorably. Fouquet Hall at the Exhibition was a huge success.

For this exhibition, Fouquet received a gold medal, which for a long time sealed the union of the painter and the jeweler.

Gorgeous brooch on the sketch of A. Mucha. Gold, enamel, mother of pearl

Gorgeous brooch on the sketch of A. Mucha. Gold, enamel, mother of pearl

Decorations of this creative tandem are exotic and picturesque. Very often, the design includes plant motifs. Ornaments become very complex, sometimes you can even call them artsy.

Gold rings with floral ornaments, hairpins in the form of butterflies, and of course, brooches and pendants with medallions, which depicted the unique fantastic beauties of Alphonse Mucha.

Grape pendant. Gold, pearl, stained glass

Grape pendant. Gold, pearl, stained glass

Lotuses and orchids were most often found in the floral ornaments of these jewelry. Thus, lotuses depicted in the ancient Egyptian manner fell on pins and hair pins, and orchids turned into brooches of mother of pearl, pearl and enamel.

'Medea' bracelet. 1899. Cloisonne enamel, rubies, opals and diamonds

‘Medea’ bracelet. 1899. Cloisonne enamel, rubies, opals and diamonds

The Medea bracelet is one of the most striking, extravagant and amazing jewelry created by Alfons Mucha and Georges Fouquet for Sarah Bernhardt. The actress put on a bracelet for performances when she played Medea and Cleopatra.

Fouquet made the golden bracelet “Medea” in 1899. The snake head is made using cloisonne enamel technique, creating a scaly surface. In addition, he used rubies, opals and diamonds. The bracelet was very flexible thanks to a hidden hinge system that allowed the arm to move freely.

Jewellery shop

Jewellery shop

Noteworthy, Georges Fouquet’s Jewelry store – a gem performed by Alphonse Mucha. He developed the design of the jewelry store in 1901. Besides, Leon Farg made stained-glass windows and Auguste Seiss made the sculptures for his shop.

la boutique du bijoutier Georges Fouquet

la boutique du bijoutier Georges Fouquet

French jewelry designer Georges Fouquet

Tree of life opal and gold pendant

Tree of life opal and gold pendant

Tiara in the shape of a sea dragon made of gold, silver and enamel with aquamarine inlays. 1900

Tiara in the shape of a sea dragon made of gold, silver and enamel with aquamarine inlays. 1900

Thistles pendant. Circa 1900

Thistles pendant. Circa 1900

The tiara created by G. Fouquet in 1908. Aquamarines, natural pearls and diamonds

The tiara created by G. Fouquet in 1908. Aquamarines, natural pearls and diamonds

The changed tiara created by G. Fouquet in 1908. Aquamarines, natural pearls and diamonds

The changed tiara created by G. Fouquet in 1908. Aquamarines, natural pearls and diamonds

Sotuar with turquoise and onyx. 1924. Expressive variation on the theme of the popular decoration

Sotuar with turquoise and onyx. 1924. Expressive variation on the theme of the popular decoration

Sketches of future masterpieces

Sketches of future masterpieces

Sarah Bernhardt brooch pendant. Gold, diamonds, enamel

Sarah Bernhardt brooch pendant. Gold, diamonds, enamel

Orchid brooch,1900, gold, enamel, rubies, pearls. Anderson collection, Great Britain

Orchid brooch,1900, gold, enamel, rubies, pearls. Anderson collection, Great Britain

Necklace sketch

Necklace sketch

Mother of pearl, pearl, diamond and gold brooch pendant

Mother of pearl, pearl, diamond and gold brooch pendant

Lotus flower hairpin, 1905 - 1906. Bone, glitter enamel in gold, diamonds, convex pearls. 15 cm, Petit Palais Museum, Paris

Lotus flower hairpin, 1905 – 1906. Bone, glitter enamel in gold, diamonds, convex pearls. 15 cm, Petit Palais Museum, Paris

Lotus Drawing

Lotus Drawing

Jewelry sketches

Jewelry sketches

Hairpin, 1905 - 1906. Bone, glitter enamel in gold, pearls. Petit Palais Museum, Paris

Hairpin, 1905 – 1906. Bone, glitter enamel in gold, pearls. Petit Palais Museum, Paris

Hairpin Circa 1900 , Petit Palais Museum, Paris

Hairpin Circa 1900 , Petit Palais Museum, Paris

Gold, opal, enamel and pearl ring

Gold, opal, enamel and pearl ring

Gold, enamel, diamond, peridot and pearl 'Sycamore' pendant, 1905-10

Gold, enamel, diamond, peridot and pearl ‘Sycamore’ pendant, 1905-10

Gold brooch pendant

Gold brooch pendant

Fabulous brooch on the sketch of A. Mucha. Gold, enamel, semi-precious stones

Fabulous brooch on the sketch of A. Mucha. Gold, enamel, semi-precious stones

Enamel, gold and opal ring

Enamel, gold and opal ring

Dragon serpent gold pendant

Dragon serpent gold pendant

Decoration for the corsage 'Winged Serpent', 1902. Gold, enamel, diamonds, pearls. private collection, New York

Decoration for the corsage ‘Winged Serpent’, 1902. Gold, enamel, diamonds, pearls. private collection, New York

Corsage decoration, flower design. Gold, diamonds, pearls

Corsage decoration, flower design. Gold, diamonds, pearls

Collier Fuschias. 18K gold floral enameled necklace with opals, pearls and diamonds

Collier Fuschia. 18K gold floral enameled necklace with opals, pearls and diamonds

Clover round brooch. Mother of pearl, pearls

Clover round brooch. Mother of pearl, pearls

Butterfly hairpin,1899. Tortoise shell, inlaid with gold opals, faceted amethysts and diamonds; 15, 0 cm, 9, 0 cm; Petit Palais Museum, Paris

Butterfly hairpin,1899. Tortoise shell, inlaid with gold opals, faceted amethysts and diamonds; 15, 0 cm, 9, 0 cm; Petit Palais Museum, Paris

Brooch, circa 1900. On the sketch A. Mucha. Gold, enamel, mother of pearl, emerald, colored stones. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Brooch, circa 1900. On the sketch A. Mucha. Gold, enamel, mother of pearl, emerald, colored stones. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Brooch with a hornet, 1901. Gold, enamel. Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Brooch with a hornet, 1901. Gold, enamel. Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Brooch sketch

Brooch sketch

Bow chatelain. Gold, pearls

Bow chatelain. Gold, pearls

Blue enamel flower brooch. Mother of pearl, pearls, gold, diamonds

Blue enamel flower brooch. Mother of pearl, pearls, gold, diamonds

Bianca Capello Chatlen. Gold, diamonds, painted enamel

Bianca Capello Chatlen. Gold, diamonds, painted enamel

Belt buckle with peacocks, circa 1900. Gold

Belt buckle with peacocks, circa 1900. Gold

Bat pendant. Baroque pearls, diamonds, gold, pearls

Bat pendant. Baroque pearls, diamonds, gold, pearls

Art Nouveau Ring. Gold, plique-a-jour enamel, rubies and diamonds.1900

Art Nouveau Ring. Gold, plique-a-jour enamel, rubies and diamonds.1900

A sautoire made from small pearls with diamonds and a pendant in the shape of a rosette. 1905

A sautoire made from small pearls with diamonds and a pendant in the shape of a rosette. 1905