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Design for a Chatelaine with Watch

Alexis Falizeca. 1875

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Design for a diamond-encrusted golden watch hanging from a heavy golden brooch (chatelaine). Ornamented in neo-Renaissance style with pearls and rubies, this stunning jewel features a golden hour-glass and a figure of Father Time holding a scythe. Winged female sea creatures support the brooch and watch case.

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  • Title: Design for a Chatelaine with Watch
  • Creator: Alexis Falize
  • Date Created: ca. 1875
  • Viewing Notes: Design for a diamond-encrusted golden watch hanging from a heavy golden brooch (chatelaine). Ornamented in neo-Renaissance style with pearls and rubies, this stunning jewel features a golden hour-glass and a figure of Father Time holding a scythe, appropriate references for a time-piece. Winged female sea creatures support the brooch and watch case.
  • Provenance: Henri Vever collection
  • Physical Dimensions: w240 x h306 cm
  • Paper Support: Buff-colored paper, two sheets joined at center, mounted
  • Inscribed: In graphite on mount, lower right: D [---]2, Verso of mount, in graphite, lower right: IB
  • Exhibitions: Paris, France - Musée du Luxembourg, "Lalique and His Time", March 27 - July 29, 2007. (first venue only)New York, NY - CHNDM, "Body Language: Jewelry and Accessories from the National Design Museum", March 14 - August 21, 1995.New York, NY - CHNDM, "Jewelry: A Selection from the Cooper-Hewitt Collection", August 22, 1989 - April 1, 1990.New York, NY - CHNDM, "Objects of Adornment: 5000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore", October 16, 1984 - January 6, 1985.New York, NY - Cooper Union Museum, "Nineteenth Century Jewelry", April 23 - June 17, 1955. no. 397.
  • Dimensions: 20.4 x 10.4 cm (8 1/16 x 4 1/8 in.)
  • Bibliography: Vever, Henri. "La Bijouterie francais au XIX siecle" vol. II, p. 80 (illus.) Paris, 1908.Gere, Charlotte. " American & European Jewelery 1830-1914". New York: Crown, 1975, p. 177 (illus. plate 174).
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Gustav E. Kissel
  • Medium: Brush and gouache, gum varnish, graphite on buff-colored laid paper

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