Very rare pair of 14K yellow gold, diamond and lapis lazuli cufflinks designed by Erte in the "La Dentelle-State I" pattern. The faces of the cufflinks are cut in a shape that suggests a bird, with lapis lazuli cabochons for eyes. The exposed gold surfaces are engraved and cast in an intricate pattern of geometric bars and swirls to suggest lace, hence the title ("dentelle" is "lace" in French). The appearance is angular and severe--in the Art Deco taste--rather than the softer, frillier appearance of lace. Short bands of bead-set single-cut diamonds finish off the design.
Known throughout his career as a costume designer, illustrator and the "Father of Art Deco", Erte began designing jewelry in 1979. At the time of his death in 1990, he had produced just over 300 different designs, most of them were made in rather small limited editions. Only 100 examples of the "La Dentelle-State I" cufflinks were made. The backs are signed "Erte", "CFA 14K", and "11/100".
Origin: America, ca. 1980. Condition: excellent. Size: 2-1/8" x 7/8". Weight: 20.25 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: lapis, 4.8 cts; diamond, .5 ct.