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.
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
The Franklin Mint box
‘The Sensuous Designs of Erte’ by Franklin Mint
A couple kissing behind the fan. Gold and sterling silver, pearls, enamel
Alouette ring, 14k gold, pave diamonds, mother-of-pearl and azure Topaz
Art Deco pendant
B letter sterling silver gold plated pin
Beauty of the beast pendant. Diamond, mother of pearl, black onyx, 14 K gold
Celestial theme brooch
Claire de Lune Earrings of gold tone, crystals
Enchanted Melody earrings. Sterling silver, gold plated, crystals, onyx
Firebird necklace. Gold, diamonds
Fox ring. Sterling silver, gold plated, crystals, emerald
‘H’ letter pin brooch. Gold plated sterling silver, crystals
Heart brooch pendant. Gold, diamond, black onyx
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.
La Mer ring. Sterling silver, amber, crystals
La Sirene brooch. Silver, gold, blue 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
Letter Q brooch. 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
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
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
Sapphire, diamond and gold ring
Silver and gold set of necklace and earrings
Soleil Noir Domed Ring. Gold filled, pearl
‘U’ brooch pendant from Alphabet series. Sterling silver, gold plated, crystals
Victoria with an Eagle, or Victoire Falconer pin. Gold tone metal, crystals, enamel. Franklin Mint signed