RENÉ BOIVIN 18K Gold, Amethyst, and Pink Tourmaline 'Cedar Tree' Brooch

the trunk pave-set with circle-cut amethyst and pink tourmaline; the tree roots formed by kite-cut amethyst; leaves of oval-cut amethyst and cabochon pink tourmaline, enhanced by circle-cut demantoid garnets; French assay mark and workshop marks; 22.97 dwts.; 2 1/4 x 2 5/8 in.

  • Provenance: Christies, New York, Magnificent Jewels, October 25, 2000, lot 739.
    Property of a Massachusetts Family.
  • Literature: An illustration of this brooch is depicted in Francoise Cailles, René Boivin Jeweller, Quartet Books, Ltd., London, 1994, p. 256.
  • Notes: This tree brooch's magnificent color combination and bold design are unmistakably Boivin, a Parisian maison established in the 19th century celebrated for favoring the eclectic. René Boivin (1864-1917) was drawn to naturalism and keenly interested in botany, as expressed in his articulated floral designs. Following his death in 1917, Rene's wife, Jeanne Boivin, maintained his imaginative compositions of colorful gemstones. In 1938, Boivin's daughter, Germaine, was brought on as a designer. She inherited her parents' sense of design and play of color as seen with the combination of pink tourmalines, amethysts, and green demantoid garnets. This brooch was designed by Germaine, for her mother, on her 80th birthday. It is completed by an accordion plaque bearing the designers, bench jewelers, and those who worked closely with Maison Boivin.
  • Condition: Please note: All property is sold "AS IS" and any statement, whether oral or written, is given as a courtesy and shall not be deemed as a guarantee, warranty, or representation of the authenticity of authorship, physical condition, size, quality, rarity, importance, provenance, exhibitions, literature or historical relevance of the property or otherwise. The absence of a condition report does not imply the item is in perfect condition.

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