Quantcast

Dress ornament

Georges Fouquet (French, 1862–1957)

Date:
ca. 1923
Medium:
Jade, onyx, diamonds, enamel, platinum
Dimensions:
9 x 3 3/4 x 1/2 in. (22.9 x 9.5 x 1.3 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Gift of Eva and Michael Chow, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.723
  • Description

    In 1895 Georges Fouquet took over the Paris jewelry firm-at the time known for its wide range of historicist styles-established by his father in 1860. Reinvigorating it with a decidedly modern spirit, he continued to supply his fashionable clientele with exquisite jewels in the latest styles through the 1930s. Many influences contributed to the French Art Deco style. One was the exoticism of the Far East, and this dress ornament typifies that theatrical taste. Its unexpected combination of colors and juxtaposition of materials, including Asian jade, are appropriately matched to the motif of a Chinese mask. The extraordinarily large scale of the jewel suggests that it was probably intended to be a tour-de-force exhibition piece; its weight easily would have torn, or at least compromised, the drape of a delicate dress fabric.

  • Exhibition History

    Kansas City. Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. "Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851–1939," April 14–August 19, 2012, no. 150 (as "Corsage ornament").

    Pittsburgh. Carnegie Museum of Art. "Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851–1939," October 13, 2012–February 24, 2013, no. 150 (as "Corsage ornament").

  • References

    Raulet, Sylvie. Art Deco Jewelry. (New York: Rizzoli, 1985), p. 228

    Snowman, A. Kenneth (ed.) The Master Jewelers. (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1990), pp. 157-172

    Klein, Dan, McClelland, Nancy, Haslam, Malcolm. In The Deco Style. (New York: Rizzoli, 1986), p. 99.

    Catherine L. Futter in Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851–1939. Exh. cat., Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. Pittsburgh, 2012, pp. 138, 268, no. 150, fig. 48 (color).

  • See also
    Who
    What
    Where
    When
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
492388:1

Close