Minaudière

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


Dimensions

Overall: 9.5 x 13.5 cm (3 3/4 x 5 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

2012.63

Medium or Technique

Gold lacquered bamboo, jade, black plain weave fabric, and silk

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment

This is a square-shaped, bamboo basket bag. The woven basketwork is lacquered in 24-carat gold, with a flat band around the rim. Black silk panels are attached to the top of the basket forming an expanding lid with drawstring closure, while the black silk cord is threaded on six green jade rings that ends in tassels. Made in Japan for Tiffany & Co.

The basketmaker, Watanabe (born 1932), is a distinguished Japanese bamboo artist with a considerable reputation in Japan. His artist’s name, Chikusei, means ‘bamboo purity’.The jade rings were carved by Lily Creation (Lily Wong) in Hong Kong. The gold lacquer was added by Noburo Itsuaki. The assembly of the bags, i.e., the adding of the silk and carved stone elements, was done by the Nakao-so Studio, Kyoto.

Markings

Incised cursive Elsa Peretti / TIFFANY & CO. / JAPAN

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