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Design for a Nymph Comb

Eugène Grassetca. 1900

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Design for a comb in gold and enamel. The upper part represents a nude figure of a woman rising from the waves.

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  • Title: Design for a Nymph Comb
  • Creator: Eugène Samuel Grasset
  • Date Created: ca. 1900
  • Provenance: Henri Vever Collection
  • Paper Support: gray wove paper
  • Inscribed: Numbered in pencil at lower right: 8
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY - CHNDM, "The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource", March 26, 1991 - August 30, 1992. (exhibited rotation 3: 11/18/91 - 4/13/92).Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, "A Jeweler's Eye," November 20, 1988 - April 30, 1989.New York, NY - CHNDM, "Objects of Adornment: 5000 Years of Jewelry in the Collection of the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore", October 16, 1984 - January 6, 1985.New York, NY - The East River Savings Bank, William St. Branch, September 26 - October 23, 1969.Syracuse, NY - Syracuse University School of Art, "Art Nouveau", December 1 - 27, 1964. p. 18, no. 103.New York, NY - Cooper Union Museum, "Nineteenth Century Jewelry", April 23 - June 17, 1955. no. 400.Portland, OR - Portland Art Museum, "Jewelry Exhibition", November 1952 - January 1953.Pasadena, CA - The Pasadena Art Insitute, "The Turn of the Century," November 19 - December 20, 1953.
  • Dimensions: 32.9 x 25.5 cm (12 15/16 x 10 1/16 in.)
  • Bibliography: 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. 12.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Gustav E. Kissel
  • Medium: Brush and gouache; graphite on gray wove paper

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