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Hair ornament
  • Hair ornament
    Wolfers, Philippe, born 1858 - died 1929
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Hair ornament

  • Place of origin:

    Belgium (made)

  • Date:

    1905-7 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wolfers, Philippe, born 1858 - died 1929 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, plique-a-jour enamel, diamonds and rubies

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 55, shelf A, box 3

Philippe Wolfers was the most prestigious of the Art Nouveau jewellers working in Brussels. Like his Parisian contemporary René Lalique, he was greatly influenced by the natural world. These exotic orchids feature in the work of both. The technical achievement of enamelling in plique-a-jour (backless) enamel on these undulating surfaces is impressive.
Orchids symbolised the Art Nouveau movement and its fascination with nature, sensuality and exotic flowers.

Physical description

Jewel in the shape of an orchid, its four curving lilac petals emanating from a central diamond.

Place of Origin

Belgium (made)


1905-7 (made)


Wolfers, Philippe, born 1858 - died 1929 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, plique-a-jour enamel, diamonds and rubies

Marks and inscriptions

Maker's monogram 'PW' and 'EX. UNIQUE'


Height: 7.6 cm, Width: 7.6 cm

Descriptive line

Hair ornament of gold, enamel, diamonds and rubies in the form of an orchid, made by Philippe Wolfers, Belgium, 1905-7.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Greenhalgh, Paul (Ed.), Art Nouveau: 1890-1914 . London: V&A Publications, 2000
International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery 1890- 1961, London: Worshipful Co. of Goldsmiths, 1961


Gold; Enamel; Diamond; Ruby

Subjects depicted





Metalwork Collection

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