Jakob Bengel Art Deco German Machine Age Enamel Brickwork Bracelet, 1931
One of the classic design techniques used by Jakob Bengel was called brickwork or masonry -- that is, jewelry composed of flat, rounded or semi-rounded metal links which are interlinked in such a way to look like brickwork. This yellow and black enamel bracelet, dated to 1931 is such an example of brickwork. The material used for this design is brass covered with a chromium plating, with the bricks held in the geometric pattern by metal rods of varying lengths. The clasp is the typical bolt ring (spring ring) used in Bengel jewelry.
While Bengel jewelry is not signed, the book “Art Deco Schmuck: Jakob Bengel, Idar-Oberstein-Germany” by Christianne Weber is the standard reference work on Bengel jewelry and there are many examples of his brickwork designs. Similar bracelets and jewelry can be seen on p. 103-105.
The German Art Deco jewelry of the 1930s was streamlined and minimalist; quite a change from the previous Art Nouveau and Czech styles.
Size: 7 - 5/8 inches long by ¾ inch wide
Condition: Very Good, no enamel loss, very small surface scratches 1 cm long on 2 of the bricks next to a yellow enameled brick. Not really noticeable, but I always strive to accurately describe the condition of my jewelry.
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