Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

  • Plaquette
    De Rudder, Isidore, born 1855 - died 1943
  • Enlarge image


  • Place of origin:

    Brussels (made)

  • Date:

    1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    De Rudder, Isidore, born 1855 - died 1943 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, cast

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Peter Kaellgren and John Alexander in honour of Philippa Glanville

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaquette was produced in 1900 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the celebrated Belgian jewellery and silverware business, Wolfers; it was also intended to honour the founder of the business, Louis Wolfers (1820-1892). It was produced by the Belgian sculptor Isidore De Rudder (1855-1943) who worked closely with the business, in particular collaborating with Philippe Wolfers, Louis Wolfers’ son. Under the artistic leadership of Philippe, the business quickly established itself as a leader of the Art Nouveau style in Belgium. The collaboration between Isidore De Rudder and Philippe Wolfers marked an important phase in the atelier’s output.

De Rudder’s plaquette for the Wolfers’ anniversary follows the form of his other medallic outputs of the early twentieth-century. The scale of the work, the Art Nouveau stylistic detail, and the inventive typographic layout also follow the form of plaquettes produced by contemporary French medallists such as Jules-Clement Chaplain (1939-1909) and Oscar Roty (1846-1911), both of whom have been regarded as being responsible for the revitalization of medallic art at the end of the nineteenth-century.

Physical description

Two-sided bronze plaquette.

Place of Origin

Brussels (made)


1900 (made)


De Rudder, Isidore, born 1855 - died 1943 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze, cast


Height: 77 mm, Width: 55 mm

Object history note

Descriptive line

Plaquette, two-sided, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Wolfers atelier, bronze, by Isidore De Rudder, Brussels, 1900






Plaques & Plaquettes; Sculpture; Portraits; Commemoration

Production Type

Limited edition


Sculpture Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.