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Buckle (France)

This is a buckle. It is dated ca. 1900 and we acquired it in 1967. Its medium is gold, opals, pearls, garnets. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Dominated by a large opal in its sinuous curvilinear gold mounting, this belt buckle was designed by Colonna, one of the originators of the art nouveau style, for dealer Siegfried “Samuel” Bing’s display at the 1900 Paris World’s Fair.

It is credited Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Maxime Hermanos.

  • Sidewall, Tulip
  • block-printed paper.
  • Gift of Dr. Francis J. Geck.
  • 1980-73-32
  • Buckle (USA)
  • brass, copper, silver.
  • Gift of Michele Wiener Caplan.
  • 1995-157-1

Our curators have highlighted 19 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Vase (USA)
  • glazed and lustered earthenware.
  • Gift of Marcia and William Goodman.
  • 1984-84-25
  • Hair Ornament (China)
  • kingfisher feathers, lacquer, silk-covered wire.
  • Gift of William Dangaix Allen.
  • 1939-73-11
  • Stick Pin (France)
  • fresh-water pearl, gold, enamel, diamonds.
  • Gift from the Thomas W. Evans Collection from University of Pennsylvania....
  • 1983-69-9

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 8 x 6 x 2 cm (3 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 13/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped with mark for Samuel Bing's Art Nouveau in Paris (S N A B in a diamond-shaped lozenge.) (Note- stamp not located in 2008 or 2012)

Cite this object as

Buckle (France); gold, opals, pearls, garnets; H x W x D: 8 x 6 x 2 cm (3 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 13/16 in.); Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Maxime Hermanos; 1967-88-3

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