Updated Information! From very kind contributors and with special thanks to those at the Société Musée Lalique Pays Bas in the Netherlands, this necklace was the work of Mr. Phillippe Wolfers!
Here are their comments, "This design was originally made by Belgian jeweller Phillipe Wolfers from Wolfers Frères (with his brother Marcel). They were Brussels based and their atelier was situated there and the jewellery was also made there. His work was very much influenced by the leading art nouveau jeweller René Lalique. He also had his on atelier at Rue Therese and Cours la Reine. Both of Wolfers and Lalique jewellery were not made in Germany but in Brussels and Paris.
The original of the Wolfers pendant is in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and made of gold with very fine plique-a-jour. You should see it in the flesh. It has great detail and is absolutely Belgian based and made in Brussels.
We have the original documents to proof as of course we have these of René Lalique.
Mr. Wolfers had been a sculptor prior to become a jeweller. Sculpting-skills are vital and quintessential to jewellery making. All Belgian and French jewellers underwent the teachings of the socalled l'Ecole des Beaux Arts and studied sculpting. One of the most famous teachers at the time was Auguste Isidore Ledru (sculptor and bronzecaster). He was the father of Alice Ledru who was married with René Lalique.
René Lalique has been of profound influence on the major number of art nouveau jewellers at the time. It is known that Philippe Wolfers was a great admirer of Lalique."
Art Nouveau jewelry at its absolute finest, this rare necklace employs an exceptionally sized stylized image of a swan accented with plique à jour enameling.
Plique à jour is one of the most magical forms of enameling in which a pierced metal frame akin to stained glass is used is infilled with colored enamels. No backing is used and light can pass through the panels.
All in silver, from the swan's delicate curved neck and beak is suspended a 7 to 8 mm freshwater gray plum baroque pearl.
The body is delineated using the visual concept of space. All the fragile-appearing wings in shades of plum and violet enamel display feathers using this plique à jour method.
The head and face of the swan are detailed in silver and a handmade silver Figaro type chain finishes the period piece.
The wings display a gradient of plum violet tones from lighter at the edges, to a deeper hue to the interior.