First class intaglio by Martin Seitz, Passau, in gold as brooch, around 1930
Quietly positioned, relaxed and without any shyness, the young lady rests in front of us. Leaning on one arm, her legs crossed, that is how we see her. Naked, in ancient beauty, but without noticing us, her attention is entirely focused on a dove approaching her from the right. It is peace we see here. Without reservation, we may approach her. If we only want to. This scene was carved into this smoky quartz by the famous stone cutter Martin Seitz from Passau in the years around 1930. Seitz demonstrates the cool, controlled formal language of neoclassicism of the years around 1930 to perfection. The allegory of peace is close to nature and believable, but at the same time designed in every detail: Its proportions are elongated, its expression is calmed. Martin Seitz (1895-1988) was an internationally renowned gem cutter from Passau. From 1920 he studied at the Technical College and the School of Applied Arts in Munich and also in the sculpture class of Joseph Wackerle, who recognised his talent for bas-relief at an early stage. As early as 1927 he had his first exhibition at the Grassimuseum in Leipzig. Further exhibitions in various European cities followed. Seitz' works are documented in Martin Seitz, Steinschnitte, Werkstattdienst 20 des Kunstdienstes, Ulrich Riemerschmidt Verlag Berlin 1942 and most recently in Birgit Jooss: Martin Seitz. Designs for Gems. In: Anzeiger des Germanischen Nationalmuseums (2008), pp. 253-254. The details of the execution are also in keeping with Seitz's rank and artistry: the depiction of the allegory is cut into the smoky quartz from behind and matted. Since the stone is placed in front of a reflecting sheet of silver, beautiful light effects are created. A wide setting of gold turns the cut stone into a brooch. The masterly execution of the stone cutting work convinced us to purchase this brooch. The color harmony of stone and framing is harmonious and elegant. At the same time, the style of the depiction is quite typical for its time of origin, so that here is a true work of art from the years around 1930. For every friend of the Art Déco a real discovery.
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