Design for a brooch showing a dark haired woman swimming in stylized waves. Her head and left arm are visible through the curving waves that form the outline of the design.


  • Title: Design for a Brooch
  • Creator: Eugène Samuel Grasset
  • Date Created: ca. 1900
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Henry B. du Pont
  • Medium: Brush and gouache and watercolor, graphite on blue-gray wove paper
  • Signed: Lower right below image, monogram
  • Paper Support: Blue-grey wove paper
  • Inscribed: Inscribed in graphite, upper right: 6 1/2
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY - CHNDM, "Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008," March 7 - July 6, 2008.New York, NY - Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, "Objects of Adornment: 5000 Years of Jewelry from the Collection of the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore," October 16, 1984 - January 6, 1985.Chicago, Illinois - The Art Institute of Chicago, "Art Nouveau- France/Belgium," August 28 - November 7, 1976.Houston, Texas - Rice University Institute for the Arts, "Art Nouveau- France/Belgium," March 25 - June 27, 1976Syracuse, NY - Syracuse University, The School of Art, "Art Nouveau," December 1, 1964 - January 3, 1965.New Haven, CT - Yale University Art Gallery, [title not listed on catalogue card], February 3 - March 1, 1955.New York, NY - Cooper Union Museum, "Nineteenth Century Jewelry," April 23 - June 17, 1955.
  • Dimensions: 17.8 x 22.5 cm (7 x 8 7/8 in.)
  • Bibliography: Cooper Union Museum. Nineteenth Century Jewelry. New York: Cooper Union Museum, 1955, no. 403.Steingraber, Erich. Alter Schmuck. Munich: Verlag Hermann Rinn, 1956, no. 333 (illus).Gere, Charlotte. American & European Jewelry 1830-1914. New York: Crown, NY, 1975, p. 189, illus. p. 188. Rice University, Institute for the Arts. Art Nouveau - France/Belgium. Houston, Texas: Rice University, Institute for the Arts, 1976, no. 348, illus. 227.Arwas, Victor. Berthon and Grasset. London: Rizzoli, Academy Editions, 1978, p. 83 (illus).Gail S. Davidson, "Emulation and Subversion, Nineteenth-Century Rococo Revivals in the Graphic Arts," in Sarah Coffin et. al, Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008 (New York: Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2008), p.175, fig. 11.

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