Renaissance of the Renaissance

Holbeinesque silver necklace with garnets & pearls, circa 1880

The journey into the past has retained its appeal right up to the present day. Again and again artists and designers deal with the fashions and forms of past times: Not only postmodernism lived from the recourse to antiquity, but also Picasso loved the classical period and the punk Vivienne Westwoods the baroque. In the 19th century, enthusiasm for the past was even greater. People of the time associated very specific qualities with the different artistic styles of their ancestors: For the castles of the nobility, they used the Baroque and Rococo to express splendor and grandeur. Churches liked to be built in the Gothic style, since the Middle Ages were considered a particularly devout era - and the bourgeoisie was particularly fond of the Renaissance period. This epoch of free cities with its government of free citizens, rich merchants and patrons of the arts such as the Fuggers in Augsburg or the Medici in Florence exerted a special attraction on the aspiring class of merchants and factory owners of the 19th century. They recognized themselves and their desire for participation and importance in the state in the personalities of the past, had themselves painted in the style of the past and also bought jewelry in the style of the Renaissance. The necklace here pays homage to this period and presents itself as a rich, heavy work in silver with overlays of gold. The repeating elements of the necklace each alternately set a pearl or garnet at their center. The large pendant of the necklace is also enlivened by these white and red trimmings. On the back of the pendant is a small compartment with a glass cover: it is therefore a locket! The chain links and the pendant are designed in Renaissance forms, quoting the so-called tail work of the time around 1600. The piece was made at the end of the 19th century, probably in the years around 1880, when such pieces were a big fashion. For dating, see here, for example, Brigitte Marquardt: Schmuck. Realism and Historicism. 1850-1895. Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Munich 1998, p. 100ff. and p. 156ff.

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