This extraordinary Theodor Fahrner cameo pendant is an example of his Art Deco filigree style which was first made in the 1920s and continued into 1950s . Fahrner began in Germany in 1855, creating jewelry of Art Nouveau or Jugendstil style. The designs were later inspired by the major European Art movement or Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Art Moderne.
The pendant is rare and beautiful, featuring a raised, delicately carved shell cameo of a young woman in profile. Surrounding it is a superb design in vermeil sterling silver, using the finest corded wires called millegriff technique. This is used in an intricate swirling pattern framing the cameo. The effect is delicate and stunning at once ~ just wonderful. The pendant is suspended on a beautiful millegriff worked bale and is complete with an original fine vermeil ornate 17 inch sterling chain. It has a secure bolt-ring clasp marked 925.
Dimensions are : the shell cameo is 1 inch long x 3/4 inch wide; the pendant overall is just over 1 7/8 inch long x 1 1/8 inch wide including the bale. Weight is 13.1 grams. The condition of the cameo is excellent and the vermeil is superb with no wear to note. The hallmarks are ORIGINAL FAHRNER ; TF (linked & circled), 925 in a cartouche ~ the mark TF in a circle was used from 1901.
This is a rare, stunning and very collectible Theodor Fahrner Art Deco pendant showing his elegant craftsmanship - reminiscent of the 18th century. Theodor Fahrner designs are very sought after by collectors.