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Expressive gold pendant with moonstones & enamel, Vienna circa 1940

A new style for a new time! In the midst of the ever faster changing world of the years after the World War, the artists and craftsmen of Art Deco sought to find a new language of forms that would be appropriate to the new era. Since the beginning of the 1920s, designers throughout Europe had repeatedly dared to play with clear geometries with pleasure. While the first designs of early Art Deco were mostly filigree and white, coolly gleaming in platinum and diamonds, from the 1930s onward the fashion changed to yellow-gold, more expansive works. In English-speaking countries, a more precise distinction is made here between Art Deco (the ethereal, white jewelry of the first phase) and so-called Retro Jewellery, i.e. the sculptural designs of the period from 1935 onwards. The magnificent gold pendant we have here shows itself in the formal principles of the Retro style. It is conceived as a large, asymmetrical flower with a pale blue moonstone shimmering in its center. Five more of these rare gemstones are also set, and together with the turquoise green enamel they create a magnificent play of colors. The pendant in the expressive, elegant shapes of late Art Deco was probably created in Vienna in the years around 1940, from where it found its way to us. A long original gold chain with Viennese hallmarks supports the attribution.

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