English Art Nouveau

Cute enamelled brooch by Charles Horner, dated 1912

The English goldsmith Charles Horner (1837-1896) was one of the most innovative manufacturers of fine jewellery in Britain at the end of the 19th century. His manufactory was based in the town of Halifax in the English county of West Yorkshire and experienced its greatest successes in the late years of the Victorian era. But even after Charles Horner's death, his two sons successfully continued the company and were able to maintain the quality of their father's legacy. It is from this time, 1912 to be exact, that the brooch here dates. Made of silver and opal-like iridescent enamel, the elongated piece of jewelry displays typical Art Nouveau shapes reminiscent of plant tendrils and thus in Horner's unmistakable handwriting. The piece of jewellery transports the contemporary taste of the early 20th century in England into the present day. It is the departure into modernity, which leaves behind the historical forms of history and is wonderfully evident here. Thus, the piece of jewelry is a real testimony to the times and a wonderful collector's item that can also be worn today without any problems.

The Arts and Craft Movement was a movement in arts and crafts, first British and later American, from the second half of the 19th century to about 1920. Founded by William Morris, John Ruskin and a group of painters, architects, and other artists came together to find a new connection between art, society, and work. Morris, in particular, placed great emphasis on his own work, the joy of manual labor, and natural beauty of the material. Therefore, many of the designs of this group are characterized by a certain craftsmanship of the design and a powerful, sometimes at first glance somewhat coarse-looking design language, which in detail, however, then again inspires with its ingenuity and workmanship. In the age of machine production, the artists of Arts and Crafts wanted to achieve a return to craftsmanship and a reunification of art and craftsmanship with the aim of restoring the creative fullness of craftsmanship. In this endeavour, their ideas met those of the artists of Art Nouveau and Art Nouveau on the continent, and both art movements shared many common ideas about form.

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