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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    2007-2008 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dittlmann, Bettina (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Iron binding wire and enamel

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 46, shelf B, box 4

This brooch is part of a series of enamelled iron wire brooches begun in 2000. For these pieces Dittlmann does not start from drawings, but allows the dense structure and layered geometric patterning to develop as she works. The result is a supreme combination of delicacy and strength, the complexity yet regularity of the forms reminiscent of structures within nature. Both the construction and the enamelling are highly laborious processes, with over fifty coats of the enamel being separately applied and fired.

Bettina Dittlmann trained as a silversmith at the Staatliche Berufsfachschule für Glas und Schmuck in Neugablonz, and as a goldsmith at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich under Professors Hermann Jünger and Otto Künzli.

Physical description

Dome-like structure of densely-layered repeating shapes made of iron wire covered in matt, granular red enamel.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


2007-2008 (made)


Dittlmann, Bettina (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Iron binding wire and enamel

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 57 mm, Diameter: 69 mm

Descriptive line

Brooch, enamelled iron, Bettina Dittmann, Germany, 2007-8


Iron; Enamel




Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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