Adrien Dubois de Laval - Flower and Fruit Picker, about 1910

Adrien Dubois de Laval (active Paris, 1880 - 1923, Paris)

Flower and Fruit Picker [Cueilleuse Dubois], about 1910

Maple and bamboo, 108.9 cm (42 7/8 in.) length

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Object details

Accession number

U32s54

Provenance

Probably purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the cutlery manufacturer and retailer, Underwood, 56 Haymarket, London, about 1910.

Marks

Incised trademark of Adrien Dubois de Laval (on handle, side 1): Ceuilleuse Dubois/ A.D. Brevets/ Francais & Etrangers
Incised (on trigger, side 1): Fleur
Incised (on handle, side 2): Underwood/ 56/ Haymarket/ London
Incised (on trigger, side 2): Fruit

Bibliography

Christina Nielsen et. al. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: A Guide (New Haven, 2017), p. 81, ill.


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Commentary


Adrien Dubois was trained as a cutler, a person who makes, sells and repairs knives, but he was also an inventor.  His most famous invention was the “Dubois picker,” this stick-like pair of scissors operated by a trigger. Enabling the user to snip blossoms or fruit at a distance of up to 3 meters, it was particularly useful for avoiding thorns.


Isabella, an avid gardener, purchased three Dubois pickers and mounted them in the cane rack in the Worthington Street Lobby.  They invite us to imagine Gardner heading out the door to gather roses from her garden.

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