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Dynamic Fahrner necklace with pearls & marcasite in silver, New Old Stock circa 1955

Everyone knows them, the kidney tables of the 1950s. Some love them, some find them hideous, but no one will be able to deny that with their form a departure from the rigidity of the 3rd Reich took hold. The curved forms were first reflected in the field of architecture, especially in small pavilions, staircases, ceiling coverings and took free forms that wanted to be everything but rigid and symmetrical. Seventeen uniform ornamental links form the necklace presented here, which belongs to this environment. They appear in the form of a spreading band of silver and wind around themselves in moving asymmetry. Thus, they produce a form reminiscent of the very architectures of the immediate in which the necklace was created. When we look at the chain, we think of the House of World Cultures in Berlin, the so-called pregnant oyster, or the excitingly beautiful new church buildings in war-torn Cologne. The surface of the necklace, which bears the marks of the jewelry manufacturer Theodor Fahrner, is engraved, on the one hand, with a delicate, ray-like striped pattern set with glittering MArcasitros. A beautiful cultured pearl also shimmers in the center of the snail-like links. Working together, the delicate surface designs enhance the dynamic nature of the piece in an impressive way. The play of light and shadow, the structuring of the surface and the modernity of the design language are the themes of this piece of jewelry. Salesmen with large sample cases presented the innovations developed in Pforzheim to local jewelers every year. One such sample case full of unworn Fahrner jewelry had lain untouched in an attic for the last 40-plus years until it was offered to us. It contained samples of nearly every series from about 1919 until the company's dissolution in 1979, most marked with a model number or the "Original Fahrner" seal. The present brooch was part of this collection and is therefore unworn and perfectly preserved. We find in this necklace all the typical fine style features by which one can immediately recognize really good jewelry of the post-war period. Pieces like these show why the Fahrner company rightly enjoyed a worldwide reputation. Artist's jewelry from artist's hand! Fahrner jewelry is often collected. Discover all the other pieces of Fahrner jewelry we offer here.

Theodor Fahrner was one of the most innovative and exciting jewelry manufacturers in Europe at the time of the two great style epochs of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, whose manufactory continued to produce new designs into the post-war period. The jewelry piece presented here, made of lightly gilded sterling silver, corresponds in its dynamic design to the typical Fahrner jewelry pieces of the years around 1950, as they are shown in the catalog Theodor Fahrner: Schmuck zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition, Stuttgart 2005, in the chapter "Filigranschmuck".

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.

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