“Servant of Olympia” earrings


Le Louvre Museum Jewellery Collection
Inspired by an oil on canvas by Edouard Manet (1832-1883), Olympia was the subject of reflection over a long period, and it was probably given shape around 1862, based on drawings made during the time Manet spent with Thomas Couture.

Here are a few verses by Manet himself:

“When tired of dreaming, Olympia awakens,
Spring enters on the arms of the mild black messenger;
She is the slave who, like the amorous night,
Comes to adorn with flowers the day delightful to behold:
The august young woman in whom ardour is ever wakeful.”
Material: glass beads
Size: 7.5 x 1.2 cm
Price: USD 60 / RMB 399 / HKD 465