ca. 1907
American
gold, enamel, Mexican opals, pearls
Overall: 9 × 4 1/4 × 7/16 in. (22.86 × 10.8 × 1.11 cm)
85.224
Louis Comfort Tiffany began to create jewelry after collaborating with his father on objects for the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris. This necklace and other jewelry he designed were fabricated at the Jewelry Department of Tiffany Furnaces, which produced more than 400 pieces between 1902 and 1907 when the department became part of Tiffany & Company. The hand-wrought necklace is typical of many of Tiffany’s designs. Like European jewelers, he used semiprecious stones such as opals, moonstones, garnets, amethysts, and coral rather than precious gems.
Inscribed on reverse of central medallion: "Louis C. Tiffany"; Central medallion engraved on reverse, in conjoined monogram: "MTMcD"(?)
Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis
Tiffany Jewels, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, May 31 - August 23, 2014;

"Louis Comfort Tiffany: Revelations of true Beauty," Baltimore Museum of Art, Feb 5 - April 23, 1989
Janet Zapata, The Jewelry and Enamels of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Thames and Hudson, 1993, pp. 80-81;

Janet Zapata, "The Opaul. Louis Comfort Tiffany's lens to a world of color," Antiques, Sept. 1993, p. 323, pl. VI;

John Loring, Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co., Harry N. Abrams, Inc., NY, , 2002, p. 33;

Alastair Duncan, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1992, p. 127;

Paul Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher, Shaping Space. The Dynamics of Three-dimensional design, Harcourt Brace, 2nd ed., p. 145, pl. 4;

Paul Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher, Shaping Space. The Dynamics of Three-dimensional design, Harcourt Brace, 3nd ed., p. 158, fig. 9.6;

Tiffany Retrospective Designs from Tiffany & Co., 1837-1999, ex. cat., Tokyo, APT International Inc., 1999. [ 183, fig. 167

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