Fritz Falk


from Pforzheim
328 pages
22 x 28.5 cm, 700 illustrations. Hardcover with dust jacket.
English / German
ISBN: 978-3-89790-280-0


Around 1900 the Pforzheim jewellery-making industry, which had been established since 1767, underwent an upturn to flourish as never before. The participation of Pforzheim businesses in the 1900 Paris World Exhibition and the thorough assimilation of a variety of influences from abroad – including the figurative French Art Nouveau style – ensured that Pforzheim Art Nouveau jewellery developed confidently towards aesthetic autonomy.

Collaboration between the jewellery industry and professors at the Pforzheim School for the Applied Arts as well as sharp eyes for new developments outside the jewellery capital shaped Pforzheim jewellery creations around 1900. Other fecund sources of colla-boration were the Darmstadt Mathildenhöhe artists and Wiener Werkstätte. The author has discovered hitherto unpublished contemporary source material and has been able to draw on hundreds of extant original pieces of jewellery – brooches, pendants, collars, hatpins and hair combs that are now in museums, private collections and on the art market – to make a choice selection for this book. Thus a living picture emerges of the diverse formal and technical -possibilities that gave rise to the design, craftsmanship and industrial manufacture characteristic of Pforzheim Art Nouveau jewellery.

Many important designers worked for the Pforzheim jewellery industry around 1900. This is the first wide-ranging survey – informative on both artists and firms and lavishly illustrated.

Artists (a selection):
Franz Böres | Max Gradl | Patriz Huber | Georg Kleemann | Ferdinand Morawe | Otto Prutscher | Emil Riester | Fritz Wolber

Firms (a selection):
Theodor Fahrner | Gebr. Falk | Hermann & Speck | Kollmar & Jourdan | Lauer & Wiedmann | Levinger & Bissinger | Victor -Mayer | Meyle & Mayer | A. Odenwald | Rodi & Wienenberger | F. Zerrenner

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