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Art Nouveau jewellery by Philippe Wolfers

Art Nouveau jewellery by Philippe Wolfers

Exquisite pendant. Art Nouveau jewellery by Philippe Wolfers, Belgian glassware designer, jeweler and sculptor

Art Nouveau jewellery by Philippe Wolfers
Belgian jeweler, sculptor and glassware designer Philippe Wolfers (1858-1929) was the son of Louis Wolfers, head of the renowned Belgian court jewelers Wolfers Freres. He trained as a jeweler at the family business and became adept at all aspects of jewellery making. Noticed by the Royal Court, he became one of the first jewelers to use the new medium of ivory from the Congo. Also, at the request of King Leopold II he created the famous ‘Album Congolais’.

Belgian jeweler Philippe Wolfers

Belgian jeweler Philippe Wolfers

In 1889 he had a villa built in La Hulpe and moved there with his team of jewelers. His colleague at Wolfers Brothers, Isidore de Rudder, had urged him to follow his artistic instincts and branch out from the family business and pursue his passion for art nouveau.

He spent the years to 1905 using his extensive grounds to study nature and to create a beautiful series of 109 unique jewels. In addition, each jewel received a name and became the ultra modern pinnacle of art nouveau jewellery.
However, he was less prolific in his work than other masters of his period, for example Rene Lalique. Meanwhile, unique series established him as one of the truly great master craftsmen of art nouveau jewellery. Besides, many of his creation belong to the best work of the 20th century.

Art Nouveau jewellery by Philippe Wolfers

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