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Cross

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)
    france (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1875 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Riffault, Charles (maker)
    Boucheron (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Translucent enamel on gold, set with pearls and diamonds

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Harriet Bolckow

  • Museum number:

    748-1890

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 23, shelf A, box 6

This pendant cross 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 enamel on gold, set with pearls and brilliant-cut diamonds.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)
france (made)

Date

ca. 1875 (made)

Artist/maker

Riffault, Charles (maker)
Boucheron (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Translucent enamel on gold, set with pearls and diamonds

Marks and inscriptions

French warranty mark used from 1838 onwards.

Dimensions

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

Object history note

Purchased by the donor from Frédéric Boucheron (1830-1902).

Descriptive line

Cross, translucent enamel on gold, set with pearls and diamonds, probably made by Charles Riffault for Frederic Boucheron, France (Paris), ca. 1875.

Materials

Enamel; Diamond; Pearl; Gold

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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