Dragonfly woman corsage ornament. Rene Lalique (1860-1945). Gold, enamel, chrysoprase, moonstones, and diamonds, 23 x 26.5cm (9 x 10 3/8”)1897 - 1898.
This corsage is my favourite Lalique piece. She’s hinged along the wings and the length of the body, she is sinuous, graceful, made of semiprecious things and glass. It moves with the body of the wearer, and is almost a foot long.
Like a lot of Lalique jewellery, she’s been at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon since 1908. It seems a tragedy she hasn’t been on the breast of some proud dandy for at least some of the intervening time.