1940’s French Pate De Verre Poured Art Glass Flower Necklace
The specific and sweet color palette of this 1940s necklace was popular in France and often seen in Miriam Haskell jewelry from this time period. It's possible this piece is an early unsigned Haskell but more likely that it is a beautiful poured glass bead necklace that was made in France. Dense and substantial from all of the glass beads, the blooms at the front were finely crafted, catching and casting light for a realistic softness. Note the beads along the chain, delightful not only for how they blend from one color to the next, but they also have a thoughtful curve allowing the beads to lay flush and smooth at the neck.
Condition Report Excellent. This piece is fresh looking and must have been tucked away and well taken care of, the signs of wear are noticeable only on close inspection.
* The glass is smooth and gleaming without any chipping or surface wear and all of the glass beads are in place.
* The strand is firm without any loosening or gaps and it may have been re-strung at some point
* The clasp looks original to the piece.
Length 15 1/2"
Mark No mark
Clasp Secure, and original
Weight 67 grams
Material Brass, glass
On Floriography. Floriography, or the language of flowers, is rooted in the Victorian era. It refers to the assignment of special emotional meanings to certain flowers. Including those flowers in jewelry was a way to slyly convey one's feelings in a society that discouraged showing your emotions. For example, red roses were (and still are today) associated with romantic love and passion, while forget-me-knots were associated with remembrance.
On Color. Color plays a key role in jewelry design and in turn its collectability. Whether natural stones or glass, what exact hue of blue was used, or the combination of colors can tell you what time period a piece was made. Certain shades can be more common during a particular decade, making that piece of jewelry a classic example of the period - or - conversely a vibrant and unique shade might make it quite rare.