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Lalique Belt Buckle Discovered on Antiques Roadshow to be Sold

11th October 2018.

An unusual Art Nouveau belt buckle by the famed Parisian jeweller and glass maker René Lalique is to come under the hammer in Tennants Auctioneers’ Fine Art Sale on 17th November in their North Yorkshire Salerooms. The silver and gold buckle, modelled in the form of a female face with flowing hair and a blue enamel headband, was featured on the Antiques Road Show filmed at Castle Howard (broadcast 22nd April 2018). It had been worn by the vendor throughout her nursing career; she had been gifted the buckle by her uncle’s great aunt, who had moved to the UK from France in the 1890s.

On offer with an estimate of £5,000-8,000 (plus buyer’s premium), this wearable piece of art was made by Lalique (it is stamped with his name) during the early part of his career. René Lalique began his working life as a jewellery designer, and by the 1890s had set up his own workshop and become accomplished at incorporating enamel and increasingly glass into his work. It was only in 1907, after he went into partnership with a perfumer to create beautiful perfume bottles that he made the transition to focussing solely on becoming a master glass maker.

Belt buckles are relatively scarce in the output of Lalique’s career as a jeweller, and this charming example is expected to attract collectors of Lalique and belt buckle enthusiasts when it comes up for sale in November.

A clip of the buckle on the Antiques Roadshow is available on the BBC website here.

Also on offer in the same sale is a simple but stylish gold ring by designer Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co. In the form of an interlocking Celtic scroll, the design was featured in the Sketchbook of Jewellery Designs by Liberty & Co. circa 1900-1912. Knox was a renowned designer, who was the primary designer for Liberty’s during the height of their success; he was enormously influential to British design, his work bridging the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Celtic Revival and Modernist movements. The ring is offered with an estimate of £1,000-1,500 plus buyer’s premium.

View further details of the Autumn Fine Art Sale.

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