"Moth" Pendant,

Lucien Gaillard French

Lucien Gaillard was the son and grandson of Parisian jewelers, as well as the brother of the noted Art Nouveau furniture designer Eugène Gaillard. After Lucien took over the family firm in 1892, the emphasis switched to metalworking, frequently inspired by Japanese prototypes. Around the turn of the century, with the encouragement of his friend René Lalique, Gaillard turned back to jewelry. His designs, like many by Lalique, incorporated unusual materials such as horn and ivory combined with more traditional precious stones, gold and enamel. The insect motif of this brooch is typical of the period.

Not on view

Public Domain

Object Details

Designer: Lucien Gaillard (French, Paris 1861–1942 Paris)

Date: ca. 1900

Medium: Pendant: Gold, champlevé enamel, citrines, carved horn; Box: cardboard, silk

Dimensions: H. 3, W. 3-5/8 in. (7.6 x 9.2 cm)

Classification: Jewelry

Credit Line: Purchase, Dorothy Merksamer Bequest, in honor of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 2000

Accession Number: 2000.176

Inscription: Signed (pendant, carved in horn): L. Gaillard; (box, tooled in gold): L. Gaillard
[Historical Design, Inc., New York, until 2000; sold to MMA]

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