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On framing plaques, two nudes, personifications of Night, toss showers of stars into sky. In central portion, nine large blue sapphires amid diamond stars and constellations recreate the Milky Way.

This is a drawing from France. It is dated ca. 1900 and we acquired it in 1998. Museum purchase from Drawings and Prints Council Fund through gift of The Florence Gould Foundation. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

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

Its dimensions are

21.9 x 27.9 cm (8 5/8 x 11 in.)

It has the following markings

Watermark: B RIVES

René Lalique was the designer 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/18667949/ |title=Drawing, "Design for a Corsage Ornament: Night", ca. 1900 |author=Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum |accessdate=24 April 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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