Eternal Cycle of Growth

Art Nouveau brooch with green agate by Theodor Fahrner, 1901/02

Nature was one of the great themes of Art Nouveau. In the years before the turn of the last century, the manifold forms of flora and fauna were an inexhaustible source of inspiration for jewelry designers. The increasingly industrialized world of life was to be juxtaposed with graceful animals and plants, the forces of nature, the eternal cycle of growth and decay. In Germany, jewelry makers in the city of Pforzheim in particular turned to this new style. Thus, the ideal of Art Nouveau could be fulfilled, to make jewellery with high artistic value accessible to a broad group of buyers. The jewelry products of Theodor Fahrner in particular were pioneers in design and quality. For Fahrner engaged numerous already distinguished Art Nouveau designers, whose designs brought the Fahrner company an award at the Paris World's Fair in 1900. The present brooch also dates from precisely that period of splendor. Made of lightly gilded silver, the brooch shows an elegant arrangement of intertwined water plant leaves, probably the marsh calla. Two cabochons of green agate set colorful accents. With its organic-looking ornamentation, the brooch is an exemplary piece of German Art Nouveau jewelry. Apart from the Fahrner hallmark, the brooch does not show any artist's signature, but its characteristic shape allows a safe attribution. Comparable brooches were designed by Georg Klemann (1863-1932) for Fahrner in 1901 and 1902. The artist varied the same basic form several times. Thus, the design of our specimen probably also comes from the hand of this artist. For attribution and dating, see the exhibition catalog Theodor Fahrner - Schmuck zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition, Stuttgart 2005, p. 110, No. 1.74a and No. 1.74b with comparable basic form to the brooch here.

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