Line play

Elegant art nouveau brooch with diamonds in gold and platinum, Germany around 1900

"On our childhood weighed the paralyzing overabundance of things, not even one of which could make us cheerful..." Full of weariness, Henry van de Velde retrospectively summed up his discomfort with the art of the late 19th century, which was oriented toward the rich ornamentation of the past. Together with other artists of his generation, he therefore searched for new forms, for simple, reduced beauty - and thus decisively shaped a variety of Art Nouveau that was more linear in character. Dynamic lines, never distinctly figurative but at best vegetal in appearance, were particularly popular in Germany, where van de Velde worked and lived for a long time. The present brooch also lives solely from the power of the line and is both typical of its time and timeless. Almost completely dispensing with ornamentation, its form - the bar brooch - itself becomes an ornament by forming a continuous vegetal vine shape. Two old european cut diamonds are set in the center like delicious fruit. The white diamonds are subtly held by pips and thus seem to almost float on the gold like points of light. Smaller diamonds set the gently widening elements at the ends of the pin as well as at the base of the fruiting stage from which the large diamonds seem to grow. The brooch is very well preserved. Its hallmarking suggests that it was made in Germany.

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