Here is the ultimate treasure in Art Deco jewelry: a superb pendant by Gustav Braendle, for Theodor Fahrner of Germany. This stunning pendant, with accompanying long beaded chain, dates from 1920-1921 (see similar work in "Theodor Fahrner, Between Avant Garde and Tradition", the definitive book on Fahrner). Braendle took over the Fahrner company in 1919 in Pforzheim, and his name is synonymous with Fahrner's.
The design is a large raised oval with a delicate vase of flowers at center, framed with bright decorative stones and set in translucent stone. The materials, tested for authenticity, are matte rock crystal, green chrysoprase, sparkling marcasites in various sizes, and black enamel, all set in elaborately worked sterling silver .
The reverse is marked TF conjoined in a circle, Sterling and Germany, in a rectangle .
The accompanying age-appropriate chain is white metal with glass pearls and beads. It is marked Germany and measures 29". It slips over the head and is attached to the pendant with a silver spring ring. There are a few missing pearls.
The pendant measures 2-1/2" including the bail, by 1-3/8" at widest. All the stones are original and in fine condition. The rivet at the back of the sterling centerpiece has loosened, so there is some play in the vase centerpiece. I found that it remained vertical when wearing it.
You'll love owning and wearing this exquisite heirloom necklace!