A Graceful Diamond Jugendstil Brooch…
This delicate and graceful brooch c.1900 was sold by Hampel Fine Art Auctions in Munich at their September 2015 Luxury auction. It’s a fine open-work Jugendstil or Art Nouveau piece, with old-cut diamonds and rose-cut diamonds set in platinum on 14K yellow gold, and a small natural pearl. The lower section is articulated, so those diamonds can dangle and flash! Like many jewels from this period the brooch can also be worn as a pendant.
It’s quite a substantial brooch at 4.8 cm wide and 6.5 cm long. We don’t know what price was reached, but it was estimated at € 2.200 – 2.800 and we can make a guess that it achieved at least the upper estimate or higher, as estimates are, more often than not, on the conservative side. The brooch was individually compared to the information in the Art Loss Register data bank and was not registered there as stolen or lost.
Collectors Weekly briefly explains the term ‘Jugendstil’ :
In Germany, Art Nouveau was called Jugendstijl and championed by an architect and artist named Henry van der Velde, who designed Bing’s Paris gallery. Naturally, jewelers at Theodor Fahrner and other firms working in Pforzheim, the center of Germany’s jewelry industry, pivoted to Jugendstijl to meet the demand.