Art Deco Artistic Jewellery
Unique gold & citrine set by Ursula Bach-Wild, circa 1935
At the turn of the 20th century, industrialisation had also reached jewellery making and flooded the market with mass-produced machine-made goods of sometimes questionable quality. As a countermovement, a number of jewellery designers endeavoured to revive the original and sophisticated goldsmith's craft and to counter the mass-produced items with unique pieces. Renowned artists such as Elisabeth Treskow and Johann Michael Wilm experimented with almost forgotten craft techniques such as granulation and created works that were as expressive as they were unique, adding a new facet to the art of their time. The present set is such an ornament from an artist's hand; it is a work by Ursula Bach-Wild from around 1935. Ursula Bach-Wild (* January 8, 1903 in Schwerte; † March 10, 1987 in Münster) studied at the renowned art schools of Münster and Kassel from 1919 before moving to Berlin-Charlottenburg in 1925. During this time she developed an independent style and created in her workshop, besides jewellery, mainly liturgical utensils, which are still used today in numerous parishes in Westphalia. The Stadtmuseum Münster showed some of Ursula Bach-Wild's works in its permanent exhibition. The present set consists of a bracelet, brooch and ring. All pieces are made of 14-carat gold and present beautiful citrines in the so-called bufftop cut. Above all, however, the handcrafted goldsmith's elements with applied figures are inspiring. In a naïve formal language, we see scenes in which the longing for natural originality is palpable. Stars and conifers evoke a nocturnal forest landscape enlivened by leaping deer and undressed human figures. The design reveals the influence of German Art Deco. Thematically, the design is close to the Lebensreform movement such as Wandervogel and Freikörperkultur, which wanted to develop its own way of life in free nature in the first third of the 20th century. The set is beautifully preserved and a wonderful testimony to artistic goldsmithing - moreover, it looks simply enchanting!
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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.
If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.