Lapel Watch (USA), ca. 1889
This is a Lapel watch. It was designed by Paulding Farnham and made by Tiffany and Co.. It is dated ca. 1889 and we acquired it in 1979. Its medium is gold, enamel, diamonds. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
In 1889, designer Paulding Farnham’s enameled and bejeweled orchids for Tiffany
& Co. created a sensation at the Paris Exposition Universelle. The choice of orchids
coincided with these flowers being sought for the gardens of the wealthy, who
were also the jewelry firm’s patrons. Designers consulted botanical texts at the
studio and made watercolor sketches to devise life-like enameling schemes. The
book Orchids and How to Grow Them in India and Other Tropical Climates, found in
the studio’s library, likely served as a reference for the design of this jewelry
This object was
Miss Isabel Shults.
It is credited
Gift of Isabel Shults.
Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.
Its dimensions are
7.6 x 6.3 x 3.6 cm (3 x 2 1/2 x 1 7/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Lapel Watch (USA), ca. 1889; Designed by Paulding Farnham (American, b. 1859); gold, enamel, diamonds; 7.6 x 6.3 x 3.6 cm (3 x 2 1/2 x 1 7/16 in.); Gift of Isabel Shults; 1979-16-1