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Date: 1875-1900
Medium: Tortoiseshell, gold, silver, enamel, steel
Dimensions:
36.5 x 28.6 x 22.2 mm
Signed:
Credit Line: Proctor Collection, Frederick T. Proctor Watch Collection
Object number: PC. 154
Label Text
Piqué work reached the pinnacle of its popularity in the late nineteenth century when it adorned the surfaces of a myriad of small objects. Piqué decoration was either piqué point, which consists of patterns of stars or dots, or piqué posé, which uses strips of gold or silver to produce scalloped or geometrical designs.

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Piqué work reached the pinnacle of its popularity in the late nineteenth century, when it adorned the surfaces of jewelry, watch cases, and a myriad of small objects. No longer executed in arabesques or lozenges, as it had been at the beginning of the century, piqué decoration was either piqué point, which consists of patterns of stars or dots, piqué posé, which uses strips of gold or silver to produce scalloped or geometrical designs.

The design on this tortoiseshell watchcase was executed in piqué point. Each hemispherical surface is inlaid with a band of small gold circles enclosing split silver discs. The inner ring features the popular honeycomb pattern. The decoration is similar to that on a bangle bracelet made about the same time as the watchcase.(1)

1. See Vivienne Becker, Antique and Twentieth Century Jewellery: A Guide for Collectors. 2nd ed. (Colchester, Essex, Eng.: N.A.G. Press, 1987), p. 39.