Charles Horner of Halifax

Fancy brooch of the english art nouveau in silver & enamel, dated 1909

The English goldsmith Charles Horner (1837-1896) was one of the great and particularly innovative manufacturers of fine jewellery at the end of the 19th century. His manufactory, based in the town of Halifax in the English county of West Yorkshire, had a heyday especially in the late years of the Victorian era. After Charles Horner's death, his two sons successfully continued the business and were able to preserve the quality of their father's legacy. The present piece of jewellery, which can be worn as a brooch today but probably began its life as a showpiece for a hat pin, dates from this period, or more precisely from 1909. The collection of the Met in New York holds two hat pins from Charles Horner's workshop in which the decorative pieces are identical in design (see here: Metropolitan Museum, Accession Number: 1990.246.2). Made of silver and iridescent enamel, the multi-purpose shield features typical Art Nouveau forms and Horner's unmistakable signature. A pin added later turned it into a brooch. The piece of jewellery is so special because it captures the taste of the times in England in the early 20th century and transports it to the present day. It is the dawn of modernity that can already be seen here. The result is a genuine 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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