My beautiful garden

Stylish "vegetable" brooch with diamonds & coloured stones, circa 1950

Parallel to the geometric, cool-white diamond jewels of Art Deco, yet another formal language developed in Germany. From the leaf ornaments of the expressive Art Nouveau designs of the Wiener Werkstätte and Theodor Fahrner grew jewellery with plant shapes, the so-called "vegetable" rings, brooches and bracelets. This type of jewellery, which was made by Johann Michael Wilm or the Wandlinger brothers in Dorfen, among others, got its name from the decoration with tendrils, blossoms and leaves from which pearls and precious stones peek out like ripe fruit. Thus "vegetable" jewels appear like little gardens, made of precious materials in miniature. They remained fashionable until the post-war period. The present brooch is a representative of this type and subordinates its form entirely to the decoration. Shaped as a simple, long rectangle, it provides an ideal setting for a rich ornament of golden leaves and precious stones. Like a golden bed, matte gold leaves and berries entwine around diamonds, emeralds, a sapphire, tourmaline and a pearl. The colorful gemstones protrude from the foliage like precious multicolored fruit. They are set in fine millegriffes settings; the diamonds even in platinum, which highlights their white color. The unique goldsmith's work was made in Germany, as its hallmark shows; unfortunately, no master hallmark reveals whose hand it came from. It is excellently preserved.

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