Alberto Giacometti created some very rare jewellery pieces for Elsa Schiaparelli, around 1935: brooches, bracelets and buttons representing mythological, feminine or animal characters.
The relief of the face, forming the central motif for this bracelet, recalled the feminine faces which decorated certain lamps in bronze or plaster designed by Giacometti at the same time for the decorator Jean-Michel Franck. The long wavy hair of the naiad, which formed the circle of the bracelet, was produced using the cast bronze technique “à l’écu”. This technique derives from the tradition of melting coins provided by the people of a village, to offer a dowry to a girl without family or personal fortune.
Photo Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris / Jean Tholance
© Succession Alberto Giacometti / Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris / ADAGP, Paris 2016