1920's chemise style dress (detail) fashioned of turquoise, purple and silver lame in a Japanese inspired floral motif hand embroidered with multi-colored silk bouquets. Madame Babani's garments have been compared to Fortuny's as she too designed tunics, jackets dresses, etc. What differentiated her from Fortuny is that she utilized brighter embroidered fabrics and favored the Japanese influence.
Day dress ca. 1911 Satin covered with pleated raspberry chiffon and trimmed with mechanical Alenҫon lace. Waist embroidered in floral motif with thick floss. Grosgrain rosette in back. Thierry de Maigret
BOUCHERON A FINE AND RARE LADY'S PLATINUM, CARVED ROCK CRYSTAL AND DIAMOND-SET LARGE CURVED TONNEAU WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET 1912 • circular manual-winding lever movement, 17 jewels • silvered dial, painted Breguet numerals, blued steel Breguet hands, finely engraved crystal with foliate motif • platinum tonneau-shaped case, rose-cut diamond-set bezel, pierced diamond-set lugs in floral motif, case back secured by five screws on the band • dial signed • with an associated platinum bracelet.
In the late 18th century and into the 19th century, marquise rings set with diamonds on dark blue or red enamel backgrounds became fashionable in Europe. The oval (marquise bezel), like this ring, and the rectangular (shuttle-shaped bezel) were the most popular shapes with diamonds set to imitate stars in the sky or floral sprays. It was charactersitic to frame these rings with a border of diamond sparks set in silver mounts.