Locket

about 1867 (made)
Locket thumbnail 1
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The Parisian jeweller Alexis Falize made this locket. He was greatly influenced by East Asian art and in particular by cloisonné enamel work. Falize used gold rather than the copper traditionally found in cloisonné work to create designs of great delicacy and vibrant colours. He took many of his images - usually flowers and birds - from Japanese prints, but here the flowers are in the Indian style. Lockets were particularly popular items of jewellery around this time.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold, decorated with cloisonné enamel, and set with rose-cut diamonds
Brief Description
Locket by Alexis Falize with the enameller Antoine Tard; gold, cloisonné enamel, diamonds; Paris, about 1867.
Physical Description
Locket of gold with cloisonné enamel decorated with flowers and diamonds.
Dimensions
  • Height: 5.3cm
  • Width: 3cm
  • Depth: 1.1cm
Object history
Exhibited at the Paris Exhibition of 1867.

Purchased by the Museum from Falize at the International Exhibition, London, 1871.
Subject depicted
Summary
The Parisian jeweller Alexis Falize made this locket. He was greatly influenced by East Asian art and in particular by cloisonné enamel work. Falize used gold rather than the copper traditionally found in cloisonné work to create designs of great delicacy and vibrant colours. He took many of his images - usually flowers and birds - from Japanese prints, but here the flowers are in the Indian style. Lockets were particularly popular items of jewellery around this time.
Collection
Accession Number
1045-1871

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record createdMarch 11, 2003
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