From the cornucopia of modernity

Art Deco brooch in platinum, white gold & diamonds, Vienna circa 1925

Of all the types of jewellery, the brooch is probably the piece that gives the designer the greatest freedom. Hardly any consideration has to be given to wearability here, quite unlike the ring, for example. There are no limits to shape, size and colour. No wonder that so many great jewellery designers such as René Lalique or Jean Schlumberger have become famous for their brooches. The brooch presented here is no exception and cheerfully and elegantly demonstrates the expressive formal preferences of early Art Deco. It features two cornucopias that open from the center to the sides in an elegant sweep, scattering a sparkling roundelay of diamonds. The two cornucopias, Latin cornucopia, are ancient symbols of good fortune and wealth. Their elongated, symmetrical, angular form shown here in the cool white color of white gold with lime green stripes is hardly antique, however, but quite in keeping with mid-1920s taste. Early Art Deco in Central Europe loved geometry and at the same time bizarre, abstracted natural forms, which can be found as much in jewelry as in contemporary architecture and fashion. Compare, for example, the grilles and decorative paintings of the Renaissance Theater in Berlin, rebuilt 1926-1928, or the Grassi Museum in Leipzig, 1926/27. Then, from about 1930, the forms became calmer again and new references to the Rococo and Biedermeier were incorporated. The hallmarking of the brooch shows that it was made in Vienna. The shape of the brooch, but also the cut of the diamonds prove that it was made around 1925. We discovered it in Lower Saxony.

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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.