Magnifying Glass, Lucien Gaillard, c.1900
Iron and Silver
made of iron, the body in the form of a stag beetle with characteristic silver bands, the long horns encircling the glass lens.
Paris, circa 1900.
208 mm in length,
100 mm across the lens.
See No.195 of the exhibition catalogue for ‘French Jewellery of the Nineteeth Century’ (Wartski, 2001) for a similar example in silver.
After his success at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900, Gaillard enlarged his workshop and employed jewellers and craftsman from Tokoyo, as his interest in Japanese art developed. These Japanese craftsman introduced new techniques to his repertoire, including the alloying and patination of metals.