“SARAH BERNHARDT” ART NOUVEAU RING BY ANDRÉ RAMBOUR
France, dated 25 February 1902
Gold, rubies and diamonds
Weight 7.4 gr.; circumference 53.82 mm.; US size 6 ¾; UK size N ½
The bezel of this ring displays the frontal face of Sarah Bernhardt, two sculpted flowers set with rubies at her temple, a tiara with diamonds at her forehead, surmounted with three diamonds arranged in a triangle, and wearing a pendant composed of a diamond. Tresses of her fl owing hair form the band. The interior of the hoop bears the date “25 février 1902” and the number “3363,” as well as the mark of the Art Nouveau jeweler André Rambour. The 1896 poster by Alfonse Mucha (1860-1939) inspired this ring. In an image virtually identical to that of the ring, Mucha represented the great tragic actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) in the role of Gismonda, a Byzantine princess, heroine of the melodrama in four acts by Victorien Sardou (1831-1908), first performed in Paris in 1895.