|Sycamore Leaf Brooch. Paris, France, 1951. Collection of Van Cleef and Arpels.|
The exhibit design is very well done. There are six sections or rooms of jewelry. The display and lighting is exceptional. Aside from the wide variety of objects the curators included several cases with job journals. Pages are open to sketches and imformation (like stone weights) of some of the pieces included in the exhibit. I especially love looking at these. They usually only show one front view. Having worked in a specialty work shop from designs, I believe that the usnsung heros are the skilled jewelers who extrapolate information and execute the designs. One book has been photographed and installed as an app which allows you to virtually turn pages (works like ipad). Through June 5, 2011.
|Mystery-set Brooch. Ruby, Diamond, platinum and gold. Paris, France, 1936.|
|Volutes Minaudiere. Patented design. Black laquer and gold. Paris, France 1935|
This Minaudiere is incredible. Notice the watch on the right that slides out to be viewed.
|Egyptian Odalisque Evening Bag. Paris, France, 1927.|
This bag shows the influence of the discovery of the pyramids in Egypt and the design motifs that influenced decorative arts of that decade.
Art Deco Radiator watch clip and pin combination. The design is adapted from the new fast cars of this period. The shutters move.
Design for Camoratta Brooch. Van Cleef made a series of ballerina pins. This piece is after a painting.