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1901, Borgonova, Switzerland

- 1966, Chur, Switzerland

In his 2001 biography of Alberto Giacometti, Yves Bonnefoy wrote that in 1929 Giacometti had decorated the couturier Elsa Schiaparelli's boutique and create jewellery for her. Giacometti himself later recounted that 'at that time, a dim view was taken of it. It was considered to be a kind of moral decay'. It was done, however, out of necessity, a means of earning money when he was still a struggling sculptor and trying to prove to his father that he would make a successful career as an artist. All the jewels preserved in the Giacometti Foundation are dated from 1935 to 1939 and it would appear that he did not return to creating jewellery after the war.

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