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Wolfers Frères

  • Court Jewelers
  • Trained under his father gaining the skills of a goldsmith and jeweler.


  • Influenced by Japanese craftwork and naturalism in the French Art Nouveau style.
  • Set up his own workshop in Brussels
  • Worked with ivory.


  • Built an Art Nouveau villa at La Hulpe where he studied flowers, insects, peacocks, swans, bats, etc.
  • His designs became quite distinct from those of Wolfers Frères often sinister and surreal.
  • International Exhibition, Antwerp, 1894 & exhibition of Les Vingt, Brussels, 1895 – showcased carved ivory.


  • Plique-à-Jour enamel, gems and gold insects.
  • Supplied Cartier with small serpent jewels.


  • His work became more geometric and abstract.
  • Turned away from jewelry to create sculpture.