Bracelet, probably made by Charles Riffault for Frederic Boucheron

Bracelet, probably made by Charles Riffault for Frederic Boucheron

Bracelet
Probably made by Charles Riffault for Frederic Boucheron
Paris, France
About 1875
Gold openwork with translucent and plique-à-jour enamel set with pearls and diamonds
Width 8.1cm
Museum no. 747-1890
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London

This bracelet was made by the reknowned Parisian jeweller Frédéric Boucheron (1830-1902). Boucheron gathered around him a team of fine designers and craftsmen to execute his work. Charles Riffault revived the technique of translucent or unbacked cloisonne enamelling, which he patented, but granted the monopoly of the process to Boucheron. From about 1864, Riffault executed enamels in this manner for Boucheron, who exhibited them at the International Exhibition in 1867 and 1878.