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A Rare Art Nouveau Horn and Enamel Hair Comb by Wolfers

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A Rare Art Nouveau Horn and Enamel Hair Comb by Wolfers
Designed with two opalescent birds with outstretched wings with an opalescent and enamel flower and scrolled leaf detail, to the three-pronged horn comb, circa 1895, with fitted case marked Philippe Wolfers, Ex. Unique, 11.5 cm long
With maker's mark for Phillipe Wolfers and stamped Ex: Unique
For a picture of the original sketch of this piece, please see:
Exhibition catalogue, Phillipe et Marcel Wolfers - de l'Art Nouveau l'Art Deco, Foundation Calcouste Gulbenkian, 1990, p. 40, ill. 80

Lot Essay

The combination of the applied shield containing Wolfers' monogram and the banner underneath stamped 'Ex. Unique' indicates that the piece was made by Phillipe Wolfers himself, rather than a production piece by Wolfers Frres. Only 139 Art Nouveau objects were made of which 109 were jewels. Thus, as a jewel made, as well as conceived by Wolfers himself, it is a rare example of his work.
See also lot 310
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