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Brooch
  • Brooch
    Lalique, René Jules, born 1860 - died 1945
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Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1895 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lalique, René Jules, born 1860 - died 1945 (designer)
    Tiffany & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Platinum and gold, set with diamonds

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:

    M.140-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 26, shelf C, box 1

René Lalique was Art Nouveau's most important jeweller. He developed a new stylistic language based on sinuous interpretations of natural forms, and championed non-precious materials such as enamel, glass and horn. The resulting pieces were both dramatic and ethereal, and had a profound influence on other jewellers who went on to work in the Art Nouveau style.

Lalique underwent a conventional apprenticeship and later attended art school in England before working as a designer for well known Parisian jewellery firms. During the 1890s he undertook an exhaustive programme of technical research into glass and enamel which led to his distinctive jewellery style.

Made in about 1895, this brooch shows Lalique's developing interest in stylised motifs from nature. However it was designed for Tiffany & Co. and perhaps as a result is realised in conventional diamonds.

Physical description

Brooch of platinum and gold set with diamonds, in the form of a leaf

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1895 (made)

Artist/maker

Lalique, René Jules, born 1860 - died 1945 (designer)
Tiffany & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Platinum and gold, set with diamonds

Dimensions

Height: 4.0 cm, Width: 4.0 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Object history note

Designed by René Lalique (1960-1945) for Tiffany & Co. Paris

Descriptive line

Brooch of platinum and gold set with diamonds, designed by René Lalique for Tiffany & Co., made in Paris, about 1895.

Materials

Platinum; Gold; Diamond

Subjects depicted

Leaf

Categories

Metalwork; Jewellery; Accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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