A stunning Jugendstil necklace from Theodor Fahrner, the most innovative jewelry designer in Europe during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods.
Theodor Fahrner began a workshop in Pforzheim, Germany in 1855, creating jewelry in Art Nouveau or Jugendstil style. The designs were inspired by the major European Art movement or Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Art Moderne styles.
This extraordinary Theodor Fahrner necklace is an example of the Fahrner filigree style. The design is intricate and quite wonderful. It has open flowers with delicately curved petals and each has a domed chalcedony stone of clear sea green at its center. All are in vermeil sterling silver and textured in an intricate swirling pattern using the finest corded wires - the millegriff technique. The chain and the oval motifs separating the three flowers are all superbly textured with the same technique. The effect is delicate and stunningly elegant.
Dimensions are : 16 inches in length; the central section is 3 1/2 inches and each of the flower motifs are 7/8 inch wide and 3/4 inch in width; each of the chalcedony stones are just under 2/8 inch. Weight is 21.2 grams. Condition is splendid. The clasp is secure and the stones are superb. The hallmarks are ORIGINAL FAHRNER and TF (circled), 925 in a cartouche ~ the mark TF in a circle was used from 1901 and is constant with the hallmarking used in the early 1950s.
This is a stunning and very collectible Theodor Fahrner necklace and demonstrates his exciting and elegant craftsmanship, which is reminiscent of the 18th century. Theodor Fahrner designs are very sought after by collectors.
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