Design for a Gold and Cabochon Gem Brooch

Alexis Falizeca. 1855

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Golden brooch in form of pendant. At top, green cabochon-cut gem supports gold chains off of which hang two more green stones, one cabochon-cut, the second, an ovoid shape. Four drop pearls appear through- out the design.

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  • Title: Design for a Gold and Cabochon Gem Brooch
  • Creator: Alexis Falize
  • Date Created: ca. 1855
  • Paper Support: Tan wove paper
  • Dimensions: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)
  • Bibliography: La Bijouterie francais au XIX siecle Henri Vever Paris, 1908, vol. II, p. 63 (illus.).Alter Schmuck Erich Steingraber Munich: Verlag Hermann Rinn, 1956, no. 329 (illus.).Victorian Jewelry Design Charlotte Gere London: William Kimber & Co., 1972, pp. 87 (illus.), 97.Jewelry Marie-Louise d'Otrange Mastai New York: Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1981, pp. 85, 103.L'Art de Vivre: Decorative Arts and Design in France, 1789-1989 C. Arminjon, Y. Brunhammer, Y. Deshampes, et al. New York: Vendome Press & Cooper-Hewitt, 1989, p. 208 (illus.).
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Gustav E. Kissel
  • Medium: Brush and gouache, gum varnish over graphite on tan wove paper