A very rare pair of 14K yellow gold, diamond and lapis lazuli cufflinks designed by Erté in the "La Dentelle-State I" pattern. The faces of the cufflinks are shaped as stylized birds, with lapis cabochons for eyes. The exposed gold surfaces are engraved and cast in an intricate pattern of geometric bars and swirls to suggest feathers. Short bands of bead-set single-cut diamonds finish the design.
Known throughout his career as a costume designer and illustrator, Erté began designing jewelry in 1979. At the time of his death in 1990, he had produced just over 300 different designs, most of them made in rather small limited editions. Only 100 examples of the "La Dentelle-State I" cufflinks were made. The backs are signed "Erté", "CFA 14K", and "11/100".
- Origin: America, ca. 1980.
- Dimensions: 2 1/8" x 7/8".
- Weight: 20 Condition: excellent. Size: 2-1/8" x 7/8". Weight: 20.1 grams.
- Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: lapis, 4.8 carats; diamond, .42 carat.