Orchid Comb


The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

This orchid comb is carved from a single piece of ivory and is set on a gold stem striped with brown enamel. Three leaves extend from the base of the blossom rendered in "plique-à-jour" enamel graduated in hue from delicate peach to pale olive. The central vein of each leaf begins with a short section of light grey enamel and is followed by a row of graduated diamonds. Brown enamel covers portions of the leaves, both front and back. The stem is attached by a gold hinge to a three-pronged horn comb.

Art Nouveau jewelers were particularly attracted to orchids because of their exoticism and rarity.

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  • Title: Orchid Comb
  • Creator: René Lalique (French, 1860-1945)
  • Date Created: 1903-1904
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Style: Art Nouveau
  • Roles: Artist: René Lalique (French, 1860-1945)
  • Provenance: World's Fair, St. Louis, Missouri, 1904 [no. 1]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1904, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: combs
  • Medium: ivory, gold, "plique-à-jour" enamel, horn, diamonds
  • Exhibitions: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016., Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980., Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
  • Dimensions: H: 5 1/4 x W: 7 in. (13.3 x 17.78 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1904
  • Classification: Gold, Silver & Jewelry
  • Accession Number: 57.936

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