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  • Buckle
    Lalique, René Jules, born 1860 - died 1945
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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)
    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    about 1897 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lalique, René Jules, born 1860 - died 1945 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Partially gilded silver

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 26, shelf C, box 2

Irises were one of the most persistent motifs in Japanese art. This buckle is a fine example of the influence of Japan on Art Nouveau design. The irises are not only decorative but also give the piece its outline, which is created by extending the long leaves above the flowers and curling them over into a continuous line.

Physical description

Large buckle of partially gilded silver with asymmetrical, curving profile. It depicts a row of irises with foliage growing out of the water.

Place of Origin

France (made)
Paris (made)


about 1897 (made)


Lalique, René Jules, born 1860 - died 1945 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Partially gilded silver

Marks and inscriptions

Maker's mark of René Lalique.
French import mark for 1893 onwards


Height: 9.2 cm, Width: 8.8 cm

Object history note

Art Nouveau Exhibition, Bowes Museum RF.2005/100

Descriptive line

Buckle of partially gilded silver, by René Lalique (1860-1945), made in Paris, about 1895

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Greenhalgh, Paul (Ed.), Art Nouveau: 1890-1914 . London: V&A Publications, 2000


Silver; Gilt


Parcel gilding

Subjects depicted



Metalwork; Jewellery; Accessories


Metalwork Collection

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