Modern in every respect

Elegant bar brooch with 1,03 ct diamonds in gold & platinum, around 1930

In the midst of the ever more rapidly changing world of the years after the First World War, the artists and craftsmen of Art Deco sought to find a new formal language that would be appropriate to the new era. They rejected the formal language of Art Nouveau, which seemed to them too sweet, too transfigured, and sought geometric austerity. This alone seemed to them appropriate for the age of automobiles, skyscrapers and express trains. This stick brooch is also committed to this aesthetic, its platinum-covered front rhythmically structured with rhombs and circles, shadow gaps and mille grasps. At the centre of the design, slightly raised in their settings, are three diamonds. While the central third-carat is shaped in the old cut, the two outer quarter-carat diamonds already feature the more modern transitional cut, the precursor of our present-day brilliant cut. Other diamonds in old set cuts accompany them and flash out of the white platinum. Brooches like these were worn in many different ways: Gladly, for instance, unlike even in the 1910s, a little crooked and casual instead of perfectly straight. They were worn on the top button of elegant blouses or shirts inspired by men's fashion, or even on a tie, as a deliberate break with style and an expression of emancipation - unthinkable just a few years before. The very well preserved brooch came to us from Hamburg. It was probably also once made in Germany.

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