Theodor Fahrner The Night Allegorical Art Nouveau Moonstone Enamel Silver Brooch
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Item Description: "Theodor Fahrner The Night Allegorical Art Nouveau Moonstone Enamel Silver Brooch"
Theodor Fahrner ‘The Night‘ Allegorical Art Nouveau Brooch
Silver 900, moonstone, ivory, matte enamel (with minor enamel loss close to the suspension of the moonstone)
H 3.0 cm, W 3.8 cm
Marks: ligated ‘TF’ in a circle, ‘DEPOSÉ 900’
Germany, ca. 1901
An allegory of the night, symbolized by the sleeping, peaceful face of a woman, enfolded by the darkness which is depicted by soft, wing-shaped silver contours, partially enamelled in a matte midnight blue, her moonstone pendant symbolizing the rising moon.
The delicately carved ivory face is preserved with its original sepia tint which was used to accentuate its features: the closed eyes, the nose and the relaxed, half-smiling mouth, lending the figure a withdrawn, other-worldly expression.
The designer of this brooch still unknown, it was manufactured by Theodor Fahrner ca. 1901 and is to be regarded as one of the company's major pieces of the German figurative Jugendstil manifesting shortly before, partially parallel in time to the more geometric German abstract Jugendstil.
- Leonhardt, Brigitte; Zühlsdorff, Dieter (eds.): Theodor Fahrner, Schmuck zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition. Exhibition Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim 1990/91, p 130.
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