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Brooch of Leaves and Berries
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Brooch of Leaves and Berries


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Description This magnificent brooch is an outstanding example of Lalique's jewelry creations inspired by a close observation of natural forms. Here, three parts connected by hinges are composed of elongated mistletoe leaves, in mottled brownish-green enamel, and berries, of translucent glass, mounted with prongs to olive-toned, enameled grounds. Within the central unit is mounted a cushion-shaped faceted citrine of champagne color. Henry Walters bought this piece from Lalique in 1904 at the World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. The symmetrical design anticipates Lalique's future work. Within several years, the artist abandoned both jewelry and the Art Nouveau style to devote himself to the production of glass molded in the Art Deco style.
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance World's Fair, St. Louis, Missouri, 1904 [no. 38]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1904, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1904

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Period
ca. 1903
Medium
gold, glass, enamel, citrine
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.940
Measurements
H: 3 3/8 × W: 6 15/16 × D: 2 1/16 in. (8.5 × 17.7 × 5.3 cm)
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