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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)
    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    about 1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Falize, Alexis, born 1811 - died 1898 (maker)
    Tard, Antoine, born 19 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cloisonné enamel and gold

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 25, shelf C, box 2

This necklace is an example of a leading Paris jeweller working in the Japanese style. Japanese art and design had scarcely been seen in Europe between 1624 and the 1850s. Consequently, the Japanese Court at the London Exhibition of 1862 and similar displays at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867 generated immense interest among artists and designers. In this type of enamelling (cloisonné) the precise outlines of the design are the result of the tiny 'cloisons' or cells that hold the enamel and which have to be individually shaped from thin gold strips. It is an intricate technique, and these enamels were costly. The flower and bird motifs are taken from Japanese prints, although the vibrant shades chosen show the influence of Chinese work. The collector and art critic Philippe Burty commented at the time that 'These jewels harmonise perfectly with the bright colours women are wearing today'.

Physical description

Necklace of cloisonné enamel and gold, by Alexis Falize with the enameller Antoine Tard. The circlet is made up of ten long panels of enamelled gold interspersed with gold rosettes. Five circular pendants hang from the lower edge. The enamelled panels are decorated with flowers and birds and are enamelled on both sides.

Place of Origin

France (made)
Paris (made)


about 1867 (made)


Falize, Alexis, born 1811 - died 1898 (maker)
Tard, Antoine, born 19 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cloisonné enamel and gold


Diameter: 3.5 cm of largest medallion, Height: 18.5 cm, Width: 19.7 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Object history note

Exhibited at the Paris Exhibition of 1867.

Descriptive line

Necklace by Alexis Falize with the enameller Antoine Tard; cloisonné enamel and gold; France; about 1867.


Cloisonné enamel; Gold



Subjects depicted

Flowers; Camelia; Daisy; Birds; Cranes


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