Woman's jewelry suite in four parts

American
1950s


Dimensions

Necklace: Height x width: 17 x 2 in. (43.2 x 5.1 cm). Earrings: Center back: 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in.). Bracelet: Height x width: 7 1/2 x 2 in. (19.1 x 5.1 cm).

Accession Number

2006.1994.1-4

Medium or Technique

Silver-colored metal and colored glass "gems"

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Europe, Jewelry

Classifications

Sets

Necklace with seven graduated drops, silver ribbon / swirled design with pink, clear, green, blue, and purple stones, silver chain with adjustable hook clasp. Clip earrings with silver drop, ribbon / swirl design with pink, clear, green, blue, and purple stones. Marked on clasp: “Schiaparelli” and “Pat. 2583988.” Wide link bracelet, rectangular links with ribbon / swirl design, with pink, clear, green, blue, and purple stones.


Elsa Schiaparelli, a leading Parisian fashion designer of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, was a proponent of wearing faux jewelry as a means of self-expression and she, along with her rival, Coco Chanel, helped to remove the stigma of wearing fake jewels. More than Chanel, however, Schiaparelli was immersed in the art movements of the day and worked closely with artists Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau, and Alberto Giacometti to create highly imaginative and whimsical ornaments that were visually strong and appealing. Here, sinuous metal forms are adorned with colored glass “gems,” resulting in pieces that are elegant, dramatic, and witty.

Provenance

Purchased by donor from a London dealer in the early 1990s. Gift to MFA December 13, 2006.

Credit Line

Gift of Susan B. Kaplan