20 January 2020

An enamel plaque by Alexis Falize acquired by the MAD Paris

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs has just bought  a unique book from Wartski, entitled, “Les Émaux Cloisonnés Anciens et Modernes” (“Ancient and Modern Cloisonné Enamels”). A very fitting purchase, because the enamel plaque, whose cover was inlaid and made by the jeweller Alexis Falize, was first exhibited there in 1869. It was Katherine Purcell, associate director of Wartski and author of “Falize: A Dynasty of Jewelers” who spotted it and describes it in this video. During your trip to see it at the MAD (from April in the “Japonism” room), don’t miss Falize’s other pieces in the gallery des Bijoux.

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