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70s Monet Huge Gaspipe Snake Enamel Modernist Necklace

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Designer: Pre 1980: Item # 1214716
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P.O. Box 11011
Baltimore, MD 21212

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Huge statement necklace in silvertone metal with a thick flat "gaspipe" or snake chain closing in the front at a heavy dark blue enameled center element, with a very unusual double snap closure. Marked MONET. 1970s. This "utility modern" look originated as part of the Machine Age style of the 1930s and enjoyed a revival in the 1970s and 1980s, and has been interpreted various ways in costume and fine jewelry, including by such makers as Cartier. Wearable length is about 19 inches. 1 1/4 inches wide at center. Excellent condition. Display form is lifesize. Photos enlarged to show detail.