art deco c. 1920's sterling silver and multi- color guilloche enamel nude lady bubble dancer necklace. The nude is dancing in champagne bubbles with more multi color enamel bubbles forming part of the necklace. Reported to be the image, and pays hommage to Josephine Baker, the famous Black American dancer who was dearly loved by audiences on the continent in the Roaring Twenties. Truly a text book example of high art deco, the most decadent period of the 20th century, that lasted for a brief time and saw it's glory start to fade in the great Stock Market collapse in 1929 aka Black Friday. This is by far one of the greatest deco pieces that I have seen and comes straight from a private collection.
CONDITION: This piece is flawless. The enamel is all in tact, bright and lovely. The sterling mounting has a little darkened patina appropriate to it's age.
SIZE: The necklace is 15 1/2 inches long, sitting beautifully on the nape of the neck.
Josephine Baker was not well received in America, but did made quite a dynamic entrance to the Paris stage and society in the early 1920s. Her brilliant comic and sensual style appealed to the European mind-set and she took them by storm. She was everyone's darling, brazenly dancing her way to fame, with bare breasted, comic, irreverant abandon. Through her exotic looks and wild performances she was referred to as "Black Venus," "Black Pearl" and "Creole Goddess." There isn't a man who didn't want her, and admirers lavished her with expensive gifts including diamonds and cars, and reportedly 1,500 marriage proposals came her way. She had a stunningly long career lasting 50 years and her energetic performances didn't stop until her death in 1975. Because of the racial climate, it wasn't until 1973 that she took on cult-like proportions in the United States.
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From the first time I watched Astaire and Rogers float across a dance floor as a young girl, I have loved art deco design, art, fashion and jewelry. So bold and beautiful, and so different from anything that came before it. Art deco changed social and design sensibilities forever. A lifetime collector of high quality antiques and vintage, I started by making contacts, researching and learning. Picking the best of the best, I live with art deco and vintage decor and used to wear the fashions of the day. To say that I feel in love is an understatement. I reveled in the fact that I was able to reflect my unique style and sensibilities with a marriage of old and new. What you see in my shop is my personal collection. Since I was in my teens I have bought what pleases me, what I find beautiful and unique, and the things that speak to me on a creative level. I hope that you can see and feel the passion and love that I feel for antiques and vintage pieces and share with you. You will find art deco, collectible and vintage fine art paintings, original illustrations and magazine covers, home decor, marble, alabaster and metal lamps, nude flapper table lamps, sterling silver decorative accents and tableware for the home and entertaining, designer and estate jewelry and fine vintage watches in my shop.