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Kohn Lapis and Diamond Jardinière Brooch


This graphic and unusual Art Deco jardinière brooch by Kohn features a shallow lapis lazuli bowl with scrolling red and black enamel handles over-spilling with diamond blossoms and leaves. A favorite European form, revived by Cartier and re-interpreted here by an American designer, this highly stylized brooch offers an eye-catching pop of color, combined with strong Art Deco design.


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Item #: BO-16257
Artist: Kohn
Circa: 1920s
Size: 0.75” length, 2.25” width
Materials: Lapis lazuli plaque; 38 Round-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.20 carats); 2 Old European-cut rubies (approximate total weight 0.04 carat); Old European-cut Emerald (weighing approximately 0.03 carat); Enamel; Platinum
Signed: “Kohn”
Exhibition History: Exhibited at "Anything Goes: The Jazz Age," at the Nassau County Museum of Art, from March 24, 2018 to July 8, 2018

Floral forms have a long history in jewelry, with the beloved “giardinetto” (or little garden) persisting as a favorite theme in Italian, French, and English rings and brooches from the 18th century.