GOLD AND ENAMEL 'AUTUMN' PENDANT, RENÉ LALIQUE, CIRCA 1898-1900 Of openwork design depicting a female head in profile applied with matte gray/green enamel to symbolize the dying year, her hair in brown enamel entwined with branches of cascading leaves in gold and autumnal fruits of fiery orange enamel, and pale creamy pink contre émail, signed Lalique, maker's mark, French assay mark. With tan leather box embossed with a design of falling leaves, the silk lining of the case with gilt mark: R. Lalique / 20 Rue Thérèse / Paris.
Fine Art Nouveau and Symbolist Jewellery: The Ritman Collection, Sotheby's Geneva, November 16, 1995, GE0182, lot 84.
Another example of this brooch is Illustrated in René Lalique Schmuck und Objets d'art, 1890-1910, Sigrid Barten, p. 305, cat. no. 599; Art Nouveaux Jewelry, Vivienne Becker, p. 39, pl. 37; and The Jewellery of René Lalique, exhibition catalogue, The Goldsmiths' Company, p. 145, cat. no. 144.
Several versions of this brooch are known to exist; one is in the Museé d'Horologie et d'Emaillerie, Geneva and another at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.