Unworn vintage ring by Theodor Fahrner, Pforzheim circa 1955
In the history of Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewelry, Fahrner jewelry from Pforzheim occupies a special place. For Theodor Fahrner and later his successor Gustav Braendle understood like hardly any other jewellery manufacturer of the modern age how to make artistically convincing designs and high-quality workmanship the trademark of their brooches, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Theodor Fahrner made artists' jewellery affordable by combining modern forms with democratic materials. He did not create individual pieces for a small elite like Lalique or Cartier, but the designs were produced in series in silver, decorated with enamel, marcasites and occasionally precious stones. Jewellers and department stores all over Europe sold the jewellery, which Fahrner advertised extensively in journals and magazines: "Fahrner jewellery - designed by the best artists" allowed every woman to participate in a modern life full of beauty. Every year, travelling salesmen with large sample cases presented the new products developed in Pforzheim to the local dealers. One such sample case had been slumbering untouched in an attic for the last 40 years or more until we were allowed to discover it. It contained samples of all series from about 1919 until the dissolution of the company in 1979, mostly marked with a model number or with the "Original Fahrner" seal. The piece of jewellery presented here comes from this case and is therefore unworn and perfectly preserved. The ring comes from the series "Filigran-Schmuck", which was developed in the 1930s. It is designed as a flower with a faceted glass stone in the color of aquamarine in its center. Fine twisted wires occupy the petals: they gave the series its name. A wonderful overview of the wealth of designs is provided by the catalogue "Theodor Fahrner. Schmuck zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition", edited by Brigitte Leonhardt and Dieter Zühlsdorff, Stuttgart 2005. The series in question here can be found there on p. 226f. The ring is made of silver that has been lightly gilded. This kind of gilding is called "antique gilding" by Fahrner. It has a cool, slightly greenish-yellow tone, by which Fahrner jewelry can be easily identified. The ring was probably made in the 1950s in the manufactory. A label on the ring records the model number. Fahrner jewelry is often collected. Discover all of the other Fahrner jewelry we offer at this location.
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