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Pair of bracelets

French
1990–1999
Designed by Karl Lagerfeld (German (active in France), born in 1938)


Dimensions

Length x width (each bracelet): 13 × 4.3 cm (5 1/8 × 1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

2016.376.1-2

Medium or Technique

Leather ribbon and gilt metal

Not On View

Classifications

Bracelets and armlets

Pair of woven and openwork bracelets. The design mirrors the windowpane patterning often used on the textiles for Chanel’s tweed suits. The fashion elements incorporated into jewelry, oversized scale, and surprising mix of hard and soft materials make them quintessentially Chanel. The bracelets deomonstrate the interplay between Chanel and Lagerfeld, and the way historically important houses continue to play with the houses’ founding principles. The bracelets were a gift from Karl Lagerfled to Anna Piaggi. Piaggi was a fashion leader and celebrated fashion jounalist, editor, and stylist.

Provenance

Before 2012, gift of the artist, Karl Lagerfeld, to Anna Piaggi (b. 1931 – d. 2012), Milan; 2012, passed to her estate; March 2016, consigned by the estate of Anna Piaggi to La Double J (gallery), Milan; 2016 sold by La Double J to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 22, 2016)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Susan B. Kaplan