Matisse Pink (with white speckles) Enamel & Copper Necklace ‘Venezia' design.
Designed by: Jerry Fels of California 1952-64 Marked: ‘Matisse'
Condition: Good vintage
Size: 13 ¼” (34 cm) + 4½” (11.5cm) adustable chain
This very pretty, feminine necklace is named ‘Venezia' and although there is no record of why it was named this way, it can only be imagined that it was inspired by some ancient Venetian jewellery. The Venetians used copper as did nearly all the communities around the Mediterranean . The Venetians were famous for their work with glass and the Romans made early attempts at enamelling. They are famous for producing the ‘mille flore' designs by using many rods of different coloured glass, combining them together then stretching them. Around the 3 rd century BC, Celtic metalsmiths began using glass to infill engraved spaces. www.imagocorvi.com