Midcentury

Expressive vintage ring made of silver by Theodor Fahrner, 1960s

Fahrner jewellery from Pforzheim occupies a special place in the history of jewellery from Germany. For Theodor Fahrner and later his successor Gustav Braendle knew how to make artistically convincing designs and high-quality workmanship the hallmark of their brooches, necklaces, bracelets and earrings in the epochs of Art Nouveau and Art Deco like hardly any other modern jewellery manufacturer. But Fahrner-jewellery also remained a household name during the period of reconstruction after 1945. At first, the designs were mainly formal continuations of the old successes. But soon Pforzheim was also producing in the taste of the new age. In the 1960s, silver, which can be easily patinated, was the most popular material and the means of expression of choice. Interesting and unusual structures, daring volumes and expressive reliefs were in demand. "Textures fascinate craftsmen today more than ever before" wrote Graham Hughes in "Modern Jewelry", London 1963. The ring presented here is a beautiful and rare example of this. It presents itself as a composition of organic forms that appear almost handcrafted due to the artisanal nature of the design. Two slightly irregularly designed shells of silver are connected by bars that appear abstract on the one hand and almost insect-like on the other. The ring size can be adjusted by the open build ring band. Since the early years of the company, travelling salesmen with large sample cases had presented the innovations developed in Pforzheim every year to the established jewellers of various German and international cities. One such Fahrner sample case has lain untouched in an attic for the last 40 years or more until it was offered to us. It contained samples of almost all series from about 1919 until the dissolution of the company in 1979, mostly marked with a model number or the "Original Fahrner" seal. This piece of jewellery from the 1960s comes from this sample case and is therefore unworn and perfectly preserved with its original patina and an old label that reveals its original order number. Fahrner jewellery is a pleasure to collect. Discover all the other Fahrner jewelry we offer at this location. A wonderful overview is provided by the catalog "Theodor Fahrner. Schmuck zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition", edited by Brigitte Leonhardt and Dieter Zühlsdorff, Stuttgart 2005.

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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.

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