Things I'm Thinking About
Currently I am reading the Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky translation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. In the introduction they write that theirs’ is the most accurate translation to date. Tolstoy would often use the same word over and over in one paragraph. Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky retained all the repetitions, unlike most of their predecessors. Many years ago I read the Constance Garnett translation. She pretty much set the standard for translating Russian authors into…
Art Nouveau Plique-a-Jour Dragonfly Brooch
An enchantingly beautiful and resplendent original Art Nouveau dragonfly brooch, circa 1900. Her wings shimmer and glow in translucent, subtly shaded plique-a-jour enamel which transitions from yellowish-green to aqua-blue, and sparkles with old-mine and
Diamonds in the Library
Demantoid Garnet Diamond Gold Lizard Brooch, circa late 1880’s. A stunning demantoid garnet and diamond 18k yellow gold lizard brooch. There is approximately .63cts total in diamonds. Via 1stdibs.
Seed pearl, ruby and diamond brooch, second half of 19th century. Designed as a winged sea monster atop a trident with a cabochon ruby eye and further set with cushion-shaped, circular-cut and rose diamonds, holding a seed pearl, French assay mark.
AN ANTIQUE DIAMOND AND ENAMEL DRAGON BANGLE. Designed with green guilloché enamel body and wings, rose-cut diamond head and claws, old-cut diamond detail to the wings and back scales, to an articulated enamel tail, the underside with engraving of scales, mounted in gold, circa 1870.
Enamel and diamond brooch, circa 1900 Designed as a gargoyle, the wings applied with plique-à-jour enamel and highlighted with circular- and single-cut diamonds, supporting a baroque shaped pearl, signed E.G., numbered, French assay mark.