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Precious vintage – Erte Art Deco jewelry

Erte Art Deco jewelry

Opera Lady Fedora with a Butterfly brooch pin. Gold tone metal, enamel, crystals. Signed FM (Franklin Mint). Erte Art Deco jewelry

Erte Art Deco jewelry
The works of Russian-born French artist and designer Romain de Tirtoff (November 23, 1892 – April 21, 1990) were admired by George Balanchine and Andy Warhol. In the early 1970s, when interest in Art Deco flared up with renewed vigor, Erte achieved worldwide fame. In 1976 he was awarded the French Order of Arts and Literature. Around this period, he manages to fulfill his long-held dream of creating his own line of jewelry.
“The father of art deco” launches a series of jewelry made from his drawings of 1920-30s. Traditionally, the jewelers used 14 carat gold, sterling silver, rubies, diamonds, topazes, amethysts, mother of pearl, lapis lazuli and black onyx. Jewelry of this brand is rarity sold at special auctions.

Roman Tyrtov

Romain de Tirtoff (November 23, 1892 – April 21, 1990)

Not satisfied with modern jewelry, Erte found it tasteless and pompous. In 1974 Jack Solomon specially came to Paris to meet him and help in his new business. Soon, Jack Solomon began to search for jewelers who could implement the designer’s plan. This jeweler was Natalie Kane O’Keiff, who lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their fruitful cooperation lasted 10 years.
The first jewelry they created, released in a limited edition, received public recognition.
Erte’s jewelry design reflected his fascination with Egyptian motifs and Persian miniatures. Inspired by Leon Bakst’s theater costume illustrations, Erte transferred eastern exoticism to his jewelry.

in 1979, he “launched” a limited collection of jewelry “Art to Wear”, made from his drawings of the 20s and 30s of the last century, including the “alphabetical” and “digital” series.
1979 – the beginning of the creation of the Art to Wear Collection based on ERTE jewelry designs. Noteworthy, the manufacturer of many of Erte design was The Franklin Mint company.

Upon his death in 1990, he was hailed as the undisputed “Prince of the Music Hall,” the “Mirror for Fashion for 75 years,” and “The Father of Art Deco.”

Erte Art Deco jewelry

Symphony in Black brooch. 14 K gold trim, austrian crystals, enamel 6 cm. Franklin mint

Symphony in Black brooch. 14 K gold trim, austrian crystals, enamel 6 cm. Franklin mint

The Franklin Mint box

The Franklin Mint box

'The Sensuous Designs of Erte'

‘The Sensuous Designs of Erte’ by Franklin Mint

A couple kissing behind the fan. Gold and sterling silver, pearls, enamel

A couple kissing behind the fan. Gold and sterling silver, pearls, enamel

Alouette ring, 14k gold, pave diamonds, mother-of-pearl and azure Topaz

Alouette ring, 14k gold, pave diamonds, mother-of-pearl and azure Topaz

Art Deco pendant

Art Deco pendant

B letter sterling silver gold plated pin

B letter sterling silver gold plated pin

Beauty of the beast pendant. Diamond, mother of pearl, black onyx, 14 K gold

Beauty of the beast pendant. Diamond, mother of pearl, black onyx, 14 K gold

Celestial theme brooch

Celestial theme brooch

Claire de Lune Earrings of gold tone, crystals

Claire de Lune Earrings of gold tone, crystals

Enchanted Melody earrings. Sterling silver, gold plated, crystals, onyx

Enchanted Melody earrings. Sterling silver, gold plated, crystals, onyx

Firebird necklace. Gold, diamonds

Firebird necklace. Gold, diamonds

Fox ring. Sterling silver, gold plated, crystals, emerald

Fox ring. Sterling silver, gold plated, crystals, emerald

'H' letter pin brooch. Gold plated sterling silver, crystals

‘H’ letter pin brooch. Gold plated sterling silver, crystals

Heart brooch pendant. Gold, diamond, black onyx

Heart brooch pendant. Gold, diamond, black onyx

Julietta Art Deco brooch 'Leopard Lady with a baby leopard'. Gold tone textured metal, enamel, crystals

Julietta Art Deco brooch ‘Leopard Lady with a baby leopard’. Gold tone textured metal, enamel, crystals. Signed FM (Franklin Mint)

Kneeled nude lady brooch pin of gold tone, rhinestones. Variation on number 2 Erte design and his La Plume serigraph.

Kneeled nude lady brooch pin of gold tone, rhinestones. Variation on number 2 Erte design and his La Plume serigraph.

La Mer ring. Sterling silver, amber, crystals

La Mer ring. Sterling silver, amber, crystals

La Sirene brooch. Silver, gold, blue sapphires, mother-of-pearl

La Sirene brooch. Silver, gold, blue sapphires, mother-of-pearl

Le chant du cygne brooch. Sterling silver, gold, emeralds, sapphires, mother-of-pearl

Le chant du cygne brooch. Sterling silver, gold, emeralds, sapphires, mother-of-pearl

Le Soleil Noir earrings. Enamel, sterling silver, gold plated

Le Soleil Noir earrings. Enamel, sterling silver, gold plated

Letter Q brooch. Sterling silver, gold plated, Swarovski crystals

Letter Q brooch. Sterling silver, gold plated, Swarovski crystals

Letter 'Y' brooch pin. Sterling silver, gold plated, Swarovski crystals

Letter ‘Y’ brooch pin. Sterling silver, gold plated, Swarovski crystals

Long dangle earrings 9 cm. Vintage, 1990. 14 K gold, black onyx

Long dangle earrings 9 cm. Vintage, 1990. 14 K gold, black onyx

Mother-of-pearl, gold and diamond necklace and earrings

Mother-of-pearl, gold and diamond necklace and earrings

Princess Swan Limited Edition Brooch. France, 1930's. Silver, 14k gold, black Jade, Mother of Pearl, Diamonds and Rubies. Signed CFA Sterling 14K

Princess Swan Limited Edition Brooch. France, 1930’s. Silver, 14k gold, black Jade, Mother of Pearl, Diamonds and Rubies. Signed CFA Sterling 14K

Retro 1950s earrings. 18 K gold plated, onyx, pearl

Retro 1950s earrings. 18 K gold plated, onyx, pearl

Rings from the ‘Coquillage’ series. Gold, diamonds, Silver, black onyx, garnet, blue topaz

Round brooch. 14 K gold plated, diamonds, onyx, ruby, mother of pearl. 4,3 cm

Round brooch. 14 K gold plated, diamonds, onyx, ruby, mother of pearl. 4,3 cm

Sapphire, diamond and gold ring

Sapphire, diamond and gold ring

Signature

Signature

Silver and gold set of necklace and earrings

Silver and gold set of necklace and earrings

Soleil Noir Domed Ring. Gold filled, pearl

Soleil Noir Domed Ring. Gold filled, pearl

'U' brooch pendant from Alphabet series. Sterling silver, gold plated, crystals

‘U’ brooch pendant from Alphabet series. Sterling silver, gold plated, crystals

Victoria with an Eagle, or Victoire Falconer pin. Gold tone metal, crystals, enamel

Victoria with an Eagle, or Victoire Falconer pin. Gold tone metal, crystals, enamel. Franklin Mint signed