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Lucien Gaillard Silver Stag Beetle Magnifying Glass

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This French Art Nouveau silver and patinated metal magnifying glass by Lucien Gaillard features a body in the form of a stag beetle, striated with glass and alloyed metal to mimic the visual effect of a beetle's multilayered shell. Encircling the glass and making the magnifying glass complete are the horns of the beetle, which hold the glass in place with stylized thorns on the elongated extremities.

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Artist: Lucien Gaillard
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 8.25" length, 4" diameter
Materials: Silver, Glass
Literature: Magnifying glass pictured in 1895-1914, Volume V: Objects d'Art & Metalware, by Alastair Duncan, p. 274

After his success at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900, Gaillard enlarged his workshop and employed jewelers and craftsman from Tokyo as his interest in Japanese art developed. These Japanese craftsman introduced new techniques to his repertoire, including the alloying and patination of metals.