French Art Deco Circa 1930, Louis Rousselet Glass Bead Necklace
These stunning frosted glass beads were made in France circa 1930. They are unsigned yet strongly characteristic of the famous and rare Louis Rousselet beads of that era. He was a Parisian jewelry designer that was considered "one of the outstanding bead makers of the 20th century". And his company's most notable product was their glass beads. Rousselet's work was often unsigned but can be safely attributed if the tell-tale characteristics are present. The beads in this case are spot-on. The machine age/deco design is appropriate. And the chrome barrel clasp is marked "MADE IN FRANCE". This necklace likely had a paper hang tag for the original marketplace and is now long gone. And in any case, no matter who made it, this is a striking, beautiful example of French Art Deco jewelry. The machine age influence is strong and feminine at the same time. The beads are strung onto a sturdy length of brass foxtail chain which gives them the ability to glide easily and therefore the necklace drapes very nicely. The length is 15-7/8".