Reversible brooch

Alexis Falize French
Enamel probably by Antoine Tard French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556

Among the earliest works of the renowned Parisian jeweler and goldsmith Alexis Falize (1811–1898) were cloisonné enameled brooches, necklaces, bracelets, and chatelaines executed in the Japanese taste. This brooch, therefore, can be placed among those early works. It is likely that the enamelwork was done by Antoine Tard: the skillful use of gold wire to separate differently colored enamels and the distinctive palette of enamel colors testify to his abilities.

Other works by Falize and his celebrated firm in the Museum's collection are a gold box in the Persian taste of ca. 1875 (2002.258) and the clock by Lucien Falize (1991.113a–f), one of the cornerstones of the holdings of nineteenth-century decorative arts.

Reversible brooch, Alexis Falize (French, 1811–98), Gold, cloisonné enamel, French, Paris

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