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Laurel Leaves Brooch
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Laurel Leaves Brooch

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Description This is one of the more wearable pieces by Lalique purchased by Henry Walters at the Saint Louis World's Fair in 1904. A pale pink pearl is surrounded by leaves and fruit of laurel extending from a short central stalk. The branches are enameled brown and the leaves are covered with thin white, translucent enamel. The clusters of fruit are carved of white mother-of-pearl. Such careful observation of nature combined with unusual combinations of materials is typical of Lalique's Art Nouveau jewelry production.
Date Description Narrative
6/13/1983Examinationexamined for loan
11/17/1987Examinationexamined for condition
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Objects of Adornment: Five Thousand Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1984-1987.
  • Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery and the Zucker Family Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance World's Fair, St. Louis, Missouri, 1904 [no. 24]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1904, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1904

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ca. 1903
pink pearl, mother-of-pearl, enamel, gold
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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H: 1 7/16 × W: 2 1/2 × D: 11/16 in. (3.7 × 6.4 × 1.7 cm)


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