Hair Ornament, Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York), Gold, silver, platinum, black opals, boulder opals, demantoid garnets, rubies, enamel., American

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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 743
This hair ornament, a remarkably realistic depiction of two dragonflies perched on dandelion seedballs, is one of the most extraordinary pieces of Tiffany's jewelry to survive. Thematically characteristic of his work, it shows the plants not at the height of their bloom but in a natural fading state, just before the seeds are blown away. The dragonflies feature shimmering black opals along their backs and gossamer-like filigree wings. The hair ornament was originally owned by and descended in the family of one of Tiffany's most ardent patrons, Louisine Havemeyer.
Louisine Havemeyer to her daughter-in-law Mrs. Horace Havemeyer to her granddaughter Linden Havemeyer Wise.