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The Transport of Memory

Object Name: Assemblage
Date: 1999
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Medium: Brass, paint, tintype photograph, glass, diamond
Dimensions: Overall (pince-nez): 1 1/4 × 4 1/4 in. (3.2 × 10.8 cm) Container (case): 1 3/4 × 4 1/8 in. (4.4 × 10.5 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Pince-nez with gold frame fitted with mirrored glass lenses and tintype photographs; case with painted lid depicting a city skyline, inscribed in lower left "Jean Patrick Guilbert 2000 New York"
Credit Line: Gift of Jean-Patrick Guilbert
Object Number: 2003.96ab
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Inscribed: Inscribed on reverse of case: "Dedicated to the Comtess Anna de Noailles"

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French émigré and Upper West Side artist Jean-Patrick Guilbert, a frequenter of New York City flea markets, was inspired by the objects he found there, which he saw as "the reflection of bygone times." Symbols incorporated in this work include the aging mirror, reflecting 19th-century spiritual life; the divided woman, symbolic of the tension between women's progress and adherence to tradition; and the view of New Jersey from Manhattan, which comments on the expansion of modern civilization.