This Anton Michelsen pin is part of a permanent exhibit by the "Den Gamle By" in Aarhus, Denmark. This extraordinary exhibit features 20th century Danish silver jewelry collected by Marion and Jörg Schwandt for over 40 years. The collection represents a detailed view of 100 years of Danish jewelry design. A book called "The Jewelry Box" by Jens Ingvordsen provides a catalog and photo gallery of this famous exhibit. The water lily leaf pin in this shop is jewel #29 in the Danish museum collection and its photo is displayed on page 51 of the book (see photos).
Anton Michelsen's extraordinary pin depicts a water lily leaf with a flower. The surface of the curvy leaf is polished silver with beautiful lines. In the 1950's gilding or gold-washing was used by silversmiths to emphasize individual parts of a jewel. In this pin the lily pad flower is gilded and blooms out of the silver leaf with wonderful dimensionality. The contrast between the gold gilding and the polished silver is absolutely stunning. Gertrude Engel, the talented designer of this pin designed a great deal of jewelry for the firm Anton Michelsen in Copenhagen. "Her interpretation of her natural surroundings has rarely been surpassed by others. All her works have an aura of attitude, quality, and a well-wrought wealth of detail" according to Jens Ingvordsen the author of "The Jewelry Box" book.
The pin is marked AM in a triangle, STERLING over DENMARK in a rectangle and Rougie in script (signature for Gertrude Engel).
Condition: Excellent vintage
Size: 2.2 inches x 2.1 inches x 0.5 inches
Weight: 19 g
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Anton Michelsen Sterling Silver Water Lily Brooch Denmark Museum Piece