Fairy-Tale King

Vintage Brooch With Antique 5-Mark Gold Coin of Ludwig II of Bavaria, 1877 & ca. 1950


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Vintage Brooch With Antique 5-Mark Gold Coin of Ludwig II of Bavaria, 1877 & ca. 1950
Vintage Brooch With Antique 5-Mark Gold Coin of Ludwig II of Bavaria, 1877 & ca. 1950
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Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, went down in history as the fairy-tale king. His imagination gave rise to the castles of Neuschwanstein, Herrenchiemsee and Linderhof, which still keep his memory alive today. He also passionately promoted theater and opera; the creation of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen was made possible by Ludwig II's generosity as a patron of the arts. His life and comprehensive artistic vision still engage posterity today. A cinematic monument to him was created, for example, with Luchino Visconti's Ludwig from 1973 with Helmut Berger and Romy Schneider. The present brooch holds as a centerpiece the rare and numismatically interesting 5-mark gold coin with the portrait of Ludwig II, which was minted only in 1877 and 1878. On the obverse it shows the profile of the king surrounded by the words "Ludwig II / KOENIG V. BAYERN". On the reverse it shows the imperial eagle and the inscription "DEUTSCHES REICH 1877 / 5 MARK". The coin is set in a goldsmith's work of the years around 1950. Two domed discs on the left and right of the coin have fine granulation and are set with cultured pearls. Granulation is actually an ancient technique, but it was first revived in the mid-19th century and a second time beginning in the 1930s. Johann Michael Wilm of Munich and also Elisabeth Treskow succeeded in making fine jewellery with granulation before World War II. After the war, at the latest, the technique had been reconstructed to such an extent that granulated pieces could be ordered even from higher quality jewellery catalogues. Thus, we encounter many fine granulated jewellery pieces from the 1950s. The brooch was probably once custom made to hold the collector coin. It is excellently preserved. We were able to discover it in Weserland.
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Granulation is an ancient discipline of goldsmithing that originated with the ancient Etruscans. In this process, tiny gold beads are soldered onto a precious metal in such a way that they are only connected to each other at their respective tiny points of contact. Light and shadow on the surfaces thus granulated create a sculptural effect, and this is precisely what makes granulation work so appealing. The difficulty with this technique is to precisely match the melting point of the gold, because if the granulation beads get just a tiny bit too hot, the work immediately melts away.
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Vintage Brooch With Antique 5-Mark Gold Coin of Ludwig II of Bavaria, 1877 & ca. 1950
Fairy-Tale King
€ 1,290.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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