lacquer

Butterflies are free to let ones spirits fly


When I saw a few of these wonderful butterfly brooches while creating the checklist as curator of Cooper-Hewitt’s 2011 exhibition Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels two things came immediately to mind. The first was what perfect Cooper-Hewitt objects they were, as examples of jewelry design, and as examples of Japanese lacquerwork, a technique represented in the collection but not in jewelry.  The wonderful combination of historic techniques from two cultures combined to create a contemporary object appealed to me for the collection. 
butterfly, lacquer, diamonds, jewelry, inro, Van Cleef & Arpels, Set in Style, water, waves

Lacquer: Oriental and Western, Ancient and Modern


lacquer, decorative arts, ornament