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What is this?

At upper left, design for a comb with salmon-colored fish leaping out of water, mouth open, jagged fin flaring, tail curving. Ocean spray spews up around fish and cascades down around its body to form the comb's teeth. To the right, two graphite sketches of a comb in profile. Above, at right, a small graphite drawing of an origami bird.

This is a drawing from France. It is dated 1904–06 and we acquired it in 1998. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment and Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Funds. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

graphite, brush and watercolor, white gouache on brownish translucent wove paper, possibly coated with resin

Its dimensions are

28.3 x 22.1 cm (11 1/8 x 8 11/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Verso, lower center: B F K Rives

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, lower right corner: 96 (encircled and underlined) and 381 (these are probably auction lot numbers)

René Lalique was the designer and General Acquisitions Endowment was the fund and Barry Friedman Ltd. was the vendor of this object.

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18665401/ |title=Drawing, "Design for a Comb with "Flying Fish" Motif", 1904–06 |author=Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum |accessdate=18 April 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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