'Witch's heart' parure, Christian Dior by Mitchel Maer, England, early 1950s For Sale
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'Witch's heart' parure, Christian Dior by Mitchel Maer, England, early 1950s

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An exquisite and rare parure, a necklace, bracelet and matching earrings, made by Mitchel Maer for Christian Dior in the early 1950s. Made from clear pastes, and set with soft lilac moulded glass 'witch's hearts' - a traditional heart, 'twisted' at the bottom - which change colour slightly from lilac to a very soft blue in changing lights. As was customary of the House of Dior to name dresses/collections, so the same applied for jewellery, this set being ' Buonaventura'. And, as with the 'fantastical creatures' necklace listed here,these designs look back to the romance and style of 18th Century France. This set would be perfect for a wedding, worn altogether or individually, and a great addition to a 20th century jewellery collection. Christian Dior was born into a wealthy family in 1905, being raised in the Normandy seaside town of Granville. Working first for Robert Piguet and then for Lucien Lelong as a head designer, during the war years, he then opened his own couture house. His now highly celebrated and iconic first collection ‘Corolle’ caused a sensation, and is now known by its more famous name ‘New Look’. From the very beginning in 1947, jewellery played a very prominent part in his collections, initially recalling the pomp and grandeur of the 18th century , its femininity and glamour, and later moving into extravagant experiments with Austrian stones and paste, throughout the late 1950s until the 1970s.

Details

  • Creator
    Mitchel Maer for Christian Dior
  • Place of Origin
    United Kingdom
  • Date of Manufacture
    c1954
  • Period
  • Metal
    RhodiumBase Metal
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    The measurements listed below are for the necklace alone. The bracelet weighs 40g and is 7.5" in length, .75" wide. The earrings weigh 18g, and are 1.5" in length, .75" wide. Both the necklace and bracelet are signed, the earrings are not marked.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    W 2 in. x D .4 in.W 50.8 mm x D 10.16 mm
  • Length
    16.5 in. (419.1 mm)
  • Weight
    62 g
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    FB0579
  • Reference Number
    v30921808294826671fs
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