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Bracelet

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1875 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Riffault, Charles (maker)
    Boucheron (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Translucent and plique-à-jour enamel in gold openwork, set with pearls and rose-cut diamonds

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Harriet Bolckow

  • Museum number:

    747-1890

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 23, shelf A, box 7

This bracelet was purchased by the donor from the reknowned Parisian jeweller Frédéric Boucheron (1830-1902). Boucheron gathered around him a team of fine designers and craftsmen to execute his work. Charles Riffault revived the technique of translucent or unbacked cloisonne enamelling, which he patented, but granted the monopoly of the process to Boucheron. From about 1864, Riffault executed enamels in this manner for Boucheron, who exhibited them at the International Exhiibtion in1867 and 1878.

Physical description

Bracelet, translucent and plique-à-jour enamel in gold openwork, set with pearls and rose-cut diamonds.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1875 (made)

Artist/maker

Riffault, Charles (maker)
Boucheron (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Translucent and plique-à-jour enamel in gold openwork, set with pearls and rose-cut diamonds

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 cm, Width: 8.1 cm, Depth: 5.8 cm

Object history note

Acquired by the donor from Frédéric Boucheron (1830-1902). Boucheron acquired the rights to a patent for plique-à-jour from the French enameller Riffault, who had worked on its revival.

Descriptive line

Bracelet, enamel in gold openwork, set with pearls and diamonds, probably made by Charles Riffault for Frederic Boucheron, France (Paris), ca. 1875.

Materials

Enamel; Gold; Pearl; Diamond

Subjects depicted

Openwork

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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