1930's Art Deco Czech CUBIST FACE Molded Chalcedony Glass Figural Necklace
The Cubist movement made a bold impact on contemporary art in the 1910s and became influential in design during the subsequent decades. This 1930's Czech made necklace illustrates this Cubist influence, in the striking form of an abstracted face, molded into the glass. In a beautiful periwinkle blue color, made to simulate chalcedony, each geometric shaped link is thin, laying flush along your neckline when worn. The design is subtle, but a treasure, and holds its own special place in art history.
Condition Guide Excellent. This piece is fresh looking and must have been tucked away and well taken care of, the signs of wear are noticeable only on close inspection.
* The setting has a golden patina with a minor amount of darkening and discoloration.
* The glass is smooth and gleaming without any chipping or surface wear and the molded design is crisp and distinct.
* The clasp is a replacement and not original.
* There are no other irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape.
Width 11mm at widest point of cabochon
Mark No mark
Clasp Secure, is not original and was replaced at some point
Weight 29 grams
Material Brass, Glass
On Czech Glass. Czech or bohemian glass created from the end of the Victorian era through the mid-century was world-renowned for its unprecedented resemblance to natural gemstones. Skilled craftsman from the region engineered new methods of cutting and coloring glass to simulate the look of rubies, diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and more. In addition, Czech glass jewelry makers were highly trained in the metalwork for the settings around the glass. The Czech region produced so many different styles (all of superb quality) that Czech glass pieces have become their own collectable category.
On Figurals. Figural jewelry includes any piece that has been shaped into an animal, person, object, or detailed "day in the life" scene. Antique and vintage figural jewelry is often quite charming and collectible for the realistic or cutesy details. Specific objects or animals became popular and prolific in jewelry during certain time periods, Scotty dogs during the 1940's for example, or swallow birds during the Victorian era. Figural jewelry is special for its detail and realism but also tells the story of the decade they were made in.