A balancing act

Vintage bird brooch by Theodor Fahrner, Pforzheim circa 1955

"The beauty of clothing is enhanced to an extraordinary degree by the distinctive effect of Fahrner jewelry. No lady of taste will want to do without it in the future." (From a brochure of the company Theodor Fahrner from the 1920s) In the history of Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewelry, Fahrner jewelry from Pforzheim occupies a special place. Theodor Fahrner and later his successor Gustav Braendle knew how to make artistically convincing designs and high-quality workmanship the hallmark of their brooches, necklaces, bracelets and earrings like hardly any other modern jewelry manufacturer. Theodor Fahrner made artists' jewelry 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 mass-produced in silver, decorated with enamel, marcasites and occasionally precious stones. Jewelers and department stores throughout Europe sold the jewelry, which Fahrner advertised extensively in journals and magazines: "Fahrner Jewelry - based on designs by the best artists" allowed every woman to participate in a modern life full of beauty. Every year, traveling salesmen with large sample cases presented the new products developed in Pforzheim to local jewelers. One such sample case full of unworn Fahrner jewelry had lain untouched in an attic for the last 40 years or more until it was offered to us. It contained samples of nearly every series from about 1919 until the company's dissolution in 1979, most marked with a model number or the "Original Fahrner" seal. The brooch here was part of this collection and is therefore unworn and perfectly preserved. The present silver brooch in the shape of a bird is an early design that was produced at Fahrner for many decades. Designed as early as around 1900, the piece of jewelry closely follows a bird brooch by the Danish goldsmith Georg Jensen, which was owned by Theodor Fahrner. Our brooch, as the ball clasp suggests, was probably executed in the early postwar period. We were particularly pleased to discover that the brooch is also available in various configurations in the catalog "Theodor Fahrner. Schmuck zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition", edited by Brigitte Leonhardt and Dieter Zühlsdorff, Stuttgart 2005 on page 130. Thus it is a wonderful collector's item. It is preserved in very good condition and unworn. Fahrner jewelry is often collected. Discover all the other Fahrner jewelry we offer at this location..

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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.