Steeplechase

Art Deco gold brooch with diamonds & granulation, 1950s

Three young horsies romp around, one sets off for a steeplechase and takes the rick with ease, another jumps without an obstacle, and the third noble animal stands with its forequarters raised. We see this funny scene on a cushion-shaped slightly curved brooch from the 1950s. The depiction is executed in a goldsmithing technique that is very rarely used today - because it is so infinitely difficult to master, most goldsmiths of our time do not dare to produce pieces of jewellery like the brooch we have here. We are talking about granulation. In this originally Etruscan goldsmithing technique, tiny gold or silver beads are soldered onto a precious metal in such a way that they are only connected to each other at their respective tiny points of contact. Light and shadow on the surfaces thus granulated create a sculptural effect, which is the charm of granulation work. The difficulty with this technique is to find the exact melting point: Because if the granulation balls get just a tiny bit too hot, the whole work melts into nothing. Johann Michael Wilm in Munich around 1920 was one of the first goldsmiths to produce granulations in the 20th century that stood comparison with the antique models, Elisabeth Treskow then began around 1930 in Essen with the production of granulations on a high creative level. Treskow's private collection can be admired today in the Museum of Applied Arts in Cologne, and the State Collection of Classical Antiquities in Munich also exhibits a large number of pieces of jewellery with granulations. The yellow gold piece here additionally presents two small diamonds, which offer a pretty sparkle on the otherwise matted surface. The piece of jewellery is not signed, but came to us from Elisabeth Tresko's place of work, Cologne. It is a unique, handcrafted piece of jewellery of special artistry - and beauty, down to the last detail.

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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.

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