Hair Ornament

Maker: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)

Date: ca. 1904

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Gold, silver, platinum, black opals, boulder opals, demantoid garnets, rubies, enamel.

Dimensions: H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)

Classification: Jewelry

Credit Line: Gift of Linden Havemeyer Wise, in memory of Louisine W. Havemeyer, 2002

Accession Number: 2002.620

Description

Tiffany exhibited three Queen Anne's lace ornaments representing various stages of bloom at the Saint Louis Exposition in 1904. This hair ornament-composed of delicate silver wires bearing tiny opals, demantoid garnets, garnets, and enamel florets-shows the flower in full bloom. Leaves of silver covered in translucent green enamel and copper painted green, visible on the under-side of the piece, increase the impression of naturalism. Whereas jewelry typically made at his father's firm, Tiffany and Company, tended to replicate more formal flowers, such as orchids and irises, and utilized primarily precious stones, Tiffany's use of a common wildflower and semi-precious stones aligns this work with avant-garde Parisian jewelers of the Art Nouveau.

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