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Tiger Necklace

ca. 1903

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

René Lalique revolutionized jewelry design by combining precious and non-precious materials selected according to their aesthetic appeal. By 1904, the year that he exhibited this necklace at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri, Lalique had progressed beyond Art Nouveau, the movement with which he was originally associated. He began emphasizing compositions with symmetrical components and the use of animal motifs in a style that would become fully manifested in the designs he created for molded glass several years later.

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  • Title: Tiger Necklace
  • Creator: René Lalique (French, 1860-1945)
  • Date Created: ca. 1903
  • Subject Keywords: Art Nouveau; animal; sculpture; relief; metalwork; gem
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Style: Art Nouveau
  • Roles: Artist: René Lalique (French, 1860-1945)
  • Provenance: World's Fair, St. Louis, Missouri, 1904; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1904, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: necklaces
  • Medium: gold, agate, horn, enamel
  • Inscriptions: [Stamp] On spring clasp: LALIQUE
  • Exhibitions: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016., Jewels of Lalique. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas. 1998-1999., Objects of Adornment: Five Thousand Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1984-1987., Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980., Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum and the Zucker Family Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987., Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
  • Dimensions: H: 1 9/16 x Outside diam: 8 1/2 in. (4 x 21.6 cm); H: 1 9/16 x Inside diam: 4 3/4 in. (4 x 12 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1904
  • Classification: Gold, Silver & Jewelry
  • Accession Number: 57.938

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