Hair ornament with antennae

French
about 1900
René Lalique (French, 1860–1945)


Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 8.8 x 12.5 x 7 cm (3 7/16 x 4 15/16 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

2008.68

Medium or Technique

Gold, silver, steel, and diamond

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Jewelry

Classifications

Hair ornaments

This hair ornament with its whimsical character is a unique piece by Lalique. It features the unusual exclusive use of diamonds which were sparingly used by the Art Nouveau jewelers who preferred less precious stones and enamel to provide color and opalescence. From the gold wire headband emerge two antenna composed of hollow silver cubes in which are set graduated brilliants each secured by four prongs. A steel wire runs through the cubes to form the curved shape of each antenna. Except for the scroll terminals of the antennae, each cube is individually mounted and stacked without being attached to each other so that they tremble when the wearer moves, accentuating the sparkle of the diamonds.

Markings

Impressed diamond with the initials R and L separated by a sword on the top left arm in front of loop; eagle's head on top of right arm; ER? on top of right arm

Provenance

Dr. Joseph and Ruth Sataloff Collection; Gift to the MFA (Accession Date: March 26, 2008)

Credit Line

Gift of the Sataloff and Cluchey Family