Minaudière

American
about 2011
Designed for Tiffany & Co. (American, active 1837–present), Designed by Elsa Peretti (Italian, born in 1940), Watanabe Chikusei (Japanese, born in 1932)


Dimensions

Overall: 16.5 x 14 x 5.5 cm (6 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

2012.62

Medium or Technique

Platinum lacquered bamboo, silver, plain-weave fabric, and silk

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment

This rectangular bag is made of woven bamboo using a pattern found on traditional Japanese baskets. The snap closure is sterling silver as are the two handles on the short sides. Suspended from one handle is a braided, black silk tassle. The interior is lined with black, plain weave cloth. Made in Japan for Tiffany & Co.

The basketmaker is Watanabe (born 1932), a distinguished Japanese bamboo artist with a considerable reputation in Japan. His artist’s name, Chikusei, means ‘bamboo purity’. The platinum lacquer was added by Noburo Itsuaki. The assembly of the bags, i.e., the adding of the silk, was done by the Nakao-so Studio, Kyoto.

Markings

Impress TIFFANY & CO. / PERETTI / 925 JAPAN on closure

Provenance

2011, purchased from TIffany and Co. by an anonymous donor; 2012, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession date: February 29, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of Monica S. Sadler