The Secessionist were a group of German, Austrian and Belgian artists who broke away from very the very historical and academic artistic styles of their time to form a new, modern art movement. Starting in Munich in the early 1890s, the Secessionist formed their societies and created a journal of art and literature called the ‘Jugend’; from which the term of the movement was coined. The art called itself ‘Jugenstil’ which translates as ‘Youth Style’ and whose style was influenced by the French and Belgian Art Nouveau movements and Japanese woodblock prints. While Jugenstil art started primarily as print art, it quickly found its way into Architecture, design and, of course, jewelry.
This wonderful Jungenstil brooch is set with a slice of fantastic rust, red, orange and white agate and topped with a crown of five sparkling faceted round garnets. One either side of the agate are a fully formed squirrel holding a nut and a couple of dancing forrest mushrooms. This pin was hand crafted in about 1900-1910 of 14 karat gold and is marked with ‘585’ to represent the gold content. This brooch measures 29.5 mm north to south and 59 mm across and weighs 9.1 grams. It would make a fantastic pendant if converted.
Being a fan of Art Nouveau jewelry, it’s no surprise that my eye is drawn to these fantastic Jungenstil peices as well, this one I found so charming that I just couldn’t let it get away.
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