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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?

Jewelry design is a significant part of the museum’s decorative arts collection. Historically, the collection has focused on design elements that have sometimes included precious stones but more often are of stylistic interest. Jewelry acquisitions from the late 20th and early 21st century have tended to feature the work of studio designers but, as the museum’s 2011 exhibition, Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels illustrated, there are innovative designs in the world of high jewelry as well. The butterfly has been a recurring motif for Van Cleef & Arpels, with designs ranging from realistic renderings to fanciful creatures in turquoise and rubies from the 1940s. The production of this brooch... more

This is a brooch from Japan. It is dated 2007 and we acquired it in 2011. Gift of Van Cleef and Arpels.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 206 as part of Making Design.

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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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Araiso U Brooch, 2007 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=2 August 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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