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What is this?

Abstract butterfly form comprising simple, curved body studded with small diamonds, flanked by wings with mother-of-pearl and egg shell decoration depicting stylized ocean waves in tones of gold, brown, black and white.

Why is this in our collection?

From Acquisition Justification: "The butterfly has been a recurring motif for Van Cleef & Arpels with designs ranging from realistic renderings to the fanciful creatures in turquoise and rubies from the 1940s. Current production includes a combination of the jewelry art of working in gold and diamonds mixed with Japanese lacquering techniques. The butterfly form is created in gold with a mother-of-pearl base in the Van Cleef & Arpels workshops.  The pieces are then sent to Japan where the lacquering is created to previously approved designs based on Japanese symbolism. These master craftsmen have been trained in centuries-old techniques which can be found elsewhere in the collection, (such as inro,... more

This is a brooch from Japan. It is dated 2007 and we acquired it in 2011. Gift of Van Cleef and Arpels. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

raised white gold, gold beads, egg shell lacquer on mother-of-pearl support on white gold, round-cut diamonds

Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 4.1 x 5 x 0.5 cm (1 5/8 x 1 15/16 x 3/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped on reverse of clip: "VCA 750 / CL 42401" (serial number) On reverse, lower left wing, Japanese cypher(?) in red trapesoidal lozenge

This object was made by Van Cleef and Arpels and Junichi Hakose

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Brooch, 2007 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=31 July 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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