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Vineta II

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1998 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wippermann, Andrea (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oxidised silver, labradorite and moonstone on a textile cord

  • Credit Line:

    The Louise Klapisch Collection, given by Suzanne Selvi

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 44, shelf B, box 4

Andrea Wippermann trained at the influential East German jewellery school Burg Giebichenstein in Halle and currently is Professor of jewellery at the University of Wismar. Of her use of cast forms David Watkins has written that she ‘tests the process of casting as a vehicle for expressive gesture … to some extent [she] revisits metaphors from post-war years, its battered, mechanistic forms hint at personages and hierarchies. They are partway between figuration and abstraction…’

This necklace is one of forty-five pieces of jewellery given to the V&A from the collection of the late Louise Klapisch.

Physical description

Five oxidised silver pendants attached to a grey nylon cord are linked by a thinner brown cord to a string of labradorite beads. The pendants are roughly finished and their diverse forms suggest a functional purpose from a remote industrial past. The central pendant consists of two hollow arc-shaped segments of triangular section; to one side is a smaller footed piece with two cylinders and a central chimney, and beyond a wider cylinder with a conical top which is set with a moonstone; to the other side are two taller pendants of similar form which appear to have been made as one piece then cut vertically in two.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1998 (made)


Wippermann, Andrea (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Oxidised silver, labradorite and moonstone on a textile cord

Marks and inscriptions



Width: 172 mm necklace as worn, Height: 365 mm necklace as worn, Depth: 15 mm necklace as worn

Descriptive line

Necklace, silver, moonstone, labradorite and nylon, designed and made by Andrea Wippermann, Germany, 1998


Silver; Labradorite; Moonstone; Textile


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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