Erté and Betty Boop
By Anthony Shapiro
Romain de Tirtoff (23 November 1892 – 21 April 1990) was a Russian-born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, from the French pronunciation of his initials (pronounced: [ɛʁ.te]). He was a diversely talented 20th-century artist and designer who flourished in an array of fields, including fashion, jewelry, graphic arts, costume and set design for film, theatre, and opera, and interior decor.
This world renowned art deco artist had a spectacularly diverse career spanning almost his entire life. Initially he acclaimed fame for designing the magazine covers of over 240 Harper’s Bazaar issues. Most interestingly, he also designed the sets and costumes of Folies Bergère as well as many Broadway shows and Hollywood movie sets including the classics Paris and Ben Hur.
UMZUZU is obviously more intrigued and interested in his Jewelry designs and pieces of which 2 are showcased in our Jewelry Gallery. A pair of earrings from the “Zizi” collection are fan shaped, mother of pearl and diamonds set in 14 k yellow gold and can be viewed here.
The spectacular “Iris” 14k gold brooch is accentuated with diamonds and pearls and is a stamped and numbered limited edition 10/100. Click here to view the product in our gallery.
Most interesting is a 14k and diamond brooch which is undergoing, what is proving to be a difficult authentication process. This piece is a limited edition signed and stamped Betty Boop. We would be delighted to hear from anybody whom can shed further light on this mysterious piece of Jewelry at info@UM-ZUZU.com