Extravagant vintage brooch by Theodor Fahrner with pearl, around 1955
"The beauty of dress is enhanced to an extraordinary degree by the distinctive effect of Fahrner jewellery. No lady of taste will want to do without it in the future." (From a brochure of the Theodor Fahrner company from the 1920s) In the history of Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewellery, Fahrner jewellery from Pforzheim occupies a special place. 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 like hardly any other modern jewellery manufacturer. Every year, travelling salesmen with large sample cases presented the new designs developed in Pforzheim to local jewellers. One such sample case full of unworn Fahrner jewellery 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 company's dissolution in 1979, most of them with a model number or the "Original Fahrner" seal. The present brooch is therefore also unworn and perfectly preserved. The brooch is in the shape of a large orchid flower with a Japanese cultured pearl shimmering in the middle. Already around 1900 this flower was a popular motif for the jewellery artists of the Art Nouveau period, as it was exotic, original, an untouched natural form and thus beautiful in itself - all the things that were supposed to innovate the artists' art. Then, from the late 1930s onwards, it experienced a renaissance. The famous American costume jewellery manufacturer Trifari, for example, launched a now collectible orchid brooch in 1936, and others followed from a wide variety of manufacturers until the 1950s. The brooch is made of silver that has been gold-plated. It was probably designed in the 1950s, because it speaks the formal language of that era. A wonderful overview of the wealth of designs is provided by the catalogue "Theodor Fahrner. Schmuck zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition", edited by Brigitte Leonhardt and Dieter Zühlsdorff, Stuttgart 2005. Fahrner jewelry is often collected. Discover all the other Fahrner jewelry we offer at this location.
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