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Earrings, Honey bee, 2014

This is a Earrings. It was designed by Hemmerle.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Gebrüder Hemmerle and Doron and Marianne Livnat as part of Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

It is dated 2014. Its medium is bronze, iron, pink gold, red gold, amber.

A honey bee alights on an orb of golden honeycomb in these ingenious earrings by Hemmerle. Rich materials conspire to create a magical effect—brass, iron, amber, and pink and red gold. In 1895, Hemmerle was appointed purveyor to the Royal Bavarian Court. In 1995, Stefan Hemmerle took control of the firm with his wife, Sylveli. In 2006, they were joined by their son, Christian, and his wife, Yasmin. Nature is an endless source of inspiration. The design of the jewelry is a collaborative process for the family and their workshop. Each piece is shaped through iterative sketches—some taking up to five hundred hours to complete.

  • Insect Figure, 1937
  • earthenware, glaze.
  • Museum purchase from the Misses Hewitt Fund.
  • 1937-62-8
  • Insect Cage, 19th century
  • woven reed, gilded paper (dome); lacquered wood (base); paper, wire and....
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1916-40-1-a/d

Our curators have highlighted 15 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Necklace, 2010
  • silver, white gold, jade, diamonds, knitted strand of agate beads.
  • Private Collection, New York.
  • 61.2015.1a,b
  • Ring, 2014
  • copper, pink gold, topaz.
  • Courtesy of Hemmerle.
  • 21.2015.4a/c

Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 2.9 × 2.6 × 2.6 cm (1 1/8 in. × 1 in. × 1 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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