Maker & Muse:
Women and Early 20th Century Art Jewelry
Approximately 250 pieces of jewelry and related decorative art objects from the early 20th century are featured in an exhibition at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum drawn from the Driehaus Collection as well on loan from other private collectors, including Neil Lane. The exhibition, Maker & Muse: Women and Early 20th Century Art Jewelry, explores women’s role in the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements, the work of the Wiener Werkstätte and Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the art jewelry that was created in Chicago. This is only one of two exhibitions that feature 20th century art jewelry alone – yet this is the only exhibition that focuses in-depth on the role of women in artistic endeavors. Everything from necklaces, tiaras and rings to jewelry caskets, perfume bottles and vanity sets are on view in five immaculately restored period galleries.