Sparkling Art Deco

Large „vegetable brooch“ made with tourmaline and diamonds, 1930s

A special, today somewhat forgotten fashion of the middle of the 20th century were splendid pieces of jewellery in the so-called "vegetable style". In an abstracted manner, plant forms are set close together and set with precious stones. In this brooch, a wonderful tourmaline provides a radiant green. Eleven historic diamonds in old cuts add a sparkling white to the color palette. Fine foliage sawn out of gold, in part with small, granulated grapes and stylized tendrils, makes the illusion of a flower garden perfect. Nature's table is lavishly laid with her shapes and colors. The members of the Wilm family of goldsmiths from Dorfen in Upper Bavaria were particularly successful with designs of this kind. The sons of Josef Wilm (+1922), Josef the Younger, Jakob and Johann Michael, created masterly pieces in this style in their workshops in Dorfen, Berlin and Munich, always richly furnished and first-class workmanship. Also a second, at that time very famous goldsmiths from Dorfen, those of the Wandiger brothers, have presented quite comparable pieces in this way. Our brooch, in a well wearable rounded bar form, shows only one gold hallmark and unfortunately no master's mark. Its design shows great similarity to the designs of the Dorfen goldsmiths and may have been made in one of their workshops or in their environment. In any case, its materials, workmanship and design language show that it was created in the early 1930s.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

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.