Demi-parure (brooch and earrings)

Made by Wendt, Joachim Matthias in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1860-1870.

Established by Joachim Mattias Wendt (1830-1917) in 1854, J. M. Wendt was a prominent firm of Adelaide silversmiths, jewellers and retailers throughout the late nineteenth century. Born in Schleswig-Holstein, J.M. Wendt came to Adelaide in 1854 and established an enduring and productive business first at Pirie Street and then in Rundle Street. (The duchies of Schleswig and Holstein were much fought over by Denmark and Prussia particularly until in 1866 they became one as part of Prussia through ...


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Physical Description

Demi-parure (brooch and earrings) and case, bloomed gold / paper / textile, made by J.M. Wendt, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1860-1870.

A set of matching floral brooch and earrings in hand-chased, stippled and polished 15ct gold. The openwork brooch is formed as circular rustic frame set in the centre with a round open flower positioned below a bud and a veined leaf and flanked by two large leaves. The almost identical drop earrings are each made from three leaves attached to the top of the hooks and set above a similar but smaller flower which in turn surmounts a flattened bud. The accompanying fitted case is made from brown composite paper with a hinged lid. The brooch and case bear maker's/reatiler's information.


The brooch is stamped below the hinge 'JMW'. The box is printed in gold with makers label arranged within an oval, 'J.M.WENDT/ ADELAIDE /& MOUNT GAMBIER'



Markers marks on the piece indicates that the demi-parure was made by Joachim Matthias Wendt in Adelaide. The pieces were made between 1860 and 1870.

Jochim Mathias Wendt (1830-1917) arrived in Australia in 1854. He established Wendt Jewellers in Adelaide in 1854 and began a career of over 30 years as a leading retailer and manufacturer of jewellery and silver. By 1887 Wendt's Rundle Street business was employing 12 craftspeople and assistants. Wendt retired in 1903 and the business was taken over by his Jule and stepson Herman Koeppen Wendt.


Wendt, Joachim Matthias 1860-1870


Credit Line

Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program by Anne Schofield AM, 2004

Acquisition Date

15 October 2004

Cite this Object


Demi-parure (brooch and earrings) 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2018, <>


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