The Wagner Girdle




The elaborate enamelled plaques on this girdle are decorated with scenes from Richard Wagner’s operas. Alexander Fisher was a key artist in the revival of painted enamel in England. He exhibited his work with the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society, while teaching and writing on the subject of enamelling. He exhibited this magnificent piece in an unfinished state at the Royal Academy in 1895.

The Wagner Girdle

 

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The Wagner Girdle

London, 1893-6
Designed and made by Alexander Fisher (1864-1936)
Steel with gold inlay, enamel, citrines, amethysts, opals, moonstones, coral, turquoise and pale green stained chalcedony
Given by Mrs O.E. Bostock and Mr Ivan Horniman
V&A: M.20:1 to 8-1943

The Wagner Girdle

 




This image shows how the various parts of the girdle could have been assembled.

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The Wagner Girdle

London, 1893-6
Designed and made by Alexander Fisher (1864-1936)
Steel with gold inlay, enamel, citrines, amethysts, opals, moonstones, coral, turquoise and pale green stained chalcedony
Given by Mrs O.E. Bostock and Mr Ivan Horniman
Case 27. V&A: M.20:1 to 8-1943

Victoria & Albert Museum, London