Edward Colonnaca. 1900

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

A gold and abstract buckle with a large oval opal in the middle and accented with small opals, pearls, and garnets around the sides.

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  • Title: Buckle
  • Creator: Edward Colonna
  • Date Created: ca. 1900
  • Viewing Notes: Made for Samuel Bing's display at the 1900 Paris World's Fair, this buckle features the sinous flow associated with rococo style. Its form is much like the back of a John Henry Belter chair (in upstairs gallery), made in about 1850.
  • Provenance: Mr. and Mrs. Maxime Hermanos
  • Physical Dimensions: w60 x d80 cm
  • Markings: Marks: Stamped with mark for Samuel Bing's Art Nouveau in Paris (S N A B in a diamond-shaped lozenge.) (Note- stamp not located in 2008)
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY, Cooper-Hewitt, "Body Language: Jewelry and Accessories from the National Design Museum," 3/14/94-8/21/94 Paris, France, Musée du Luxembourg, "Renee Lalique and His Time (provisional title)," 3/7/07-7/29/07; Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy, 9/22/07-1/08New York, NY, Cooper-Hewitt, "Rococo: The Continuing Curve," 3/6/08-7/7/08Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Museum of Art, "Artistic Luxury: Faberge, Tiffany, Lalique," 10/19/08-01/11/09; San Francisco, CA, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, 2/14/09-11/31/09
  • Dimensions: L x W: 8 x 6 cm (3 1/8 x 2 3/8 in.)
  • Type: Buckle
  • Rights: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Maxime Hermanos
  • Medium: Gold, opal, pearls, garnets