The Met’s New Erté-Inspired Jewelry Collection Is an Art Deco Extravaganza

Last week, The Metropolitan Museum of Art store dropped a collection celebrating the distinctive work of Erté, the Russian-born French artist Romain de Tirtoff (1892–1990), who is often known as the father of Art Deco.

Erté, whose name was derived from the French pronunciation of his birth name initials, R.T., enjoyed a multifaceted career as a costume and set designer, but he is especially renowned for the magazine covers he created for Harper’s Bazaar from 1915 to 1936.

Standouts include a statement necklace and a pair of earrings inspired by an Erté original openwork fan design for Zizi Jeanmaire, a French ballet dancer who was also the artist’s great friend. You can see the fan captured in the artwork below, in which Jeanmaire appears as a flapper in a red dress draped in cobwebs—and a spider—of black beads.

Erte serigraph Zizi
Erté limited-edition serigraph courtesy of, and for purchase at, Martin Lawrence Galleries
Met Erte Zizi suite
Clockwise, from left: Erté Zizi earrings, $75; Erté Zizi statement necklace, $225; and Erté drop earrings, $75, all in satin-finish 18k gold–plated metal and Swarovski crystals

Also of note is a pin inspired by the artist’s design for the opening curtain of the 1927 Broadway musical Manhattan Mary.

Met Erte Deco Manhattan pin
Erté Deco Manhattan pin in 18k gold–plated metal and Swarovski crystals, $225

Other quintessentially Erté Art Deco motifs, such as rayonnement and peacock plumage are captured in the suite below.

Met Erte Rayonnement suite
From left: Erté Rayonnement drop earrings with oval garnet cabochons, enamel, and Swarovski crystals; Erté Rayonnement ring with oval garnet cabochon, enamel, and Swarovski crystals; $60; an Deco Plume pin with Swarovski crystals, onyx, and coral cabochon, $130

Here are a few more, because they’re just so well done (and wonderfully affordable).

Met Erte Rondo drop earrings
Erté Rondo drop earrings in enamel and Swarovksi crystals, $95
Met Erte Monte Carlo drop earrings
Erté Monte Carlo drop earrings in 18k gold plate, rhodium plate, and Swarovski crystals, $115
Met Erte Geometric clip earrings
Erté geometric button earrings in black enamel and Swarovski crystals, $95

Top: Erté’s famous Art Deco work The Nile (courtesy of Martin Lawrence Galleries) and a necklace it inspired from the Met Store’s new collection, in 22k gold–plated metal, glass, and hand-painted enamel, $150

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