Art Deco Machine Age Chrome Enamel Jakob Bengel Necklace Bracelet Set
While this set is not marked, the distinctive style of "brick" links and enameling, identify this set as being made by Jakob Bengel. An important designer of the Machine Age movement this set is arresting and dynamic yet with a modern and sleek sensibility. Interconnected chrome links pivot and adjust to your skin for a smooth feel and a seamless look. Verdant matte green enamel accents the front of the necklace and bracelet set for striking contrast with the chrome's high sheen.
Condition Guide Very good. This piece has a fresh look and must have been tucked away and well taken care of, the signs of wear are notable on inspection.
* The silver setting has a bright patina with minor surface scratching and darkening that is visible mainly at the back of the necklace.
* The enameling is dense with vibrant color with a fair amount of chipping and flaking to the surface. It is about 75% - 85% intact across the set still. With a fairly consistent and even amount of wear.
* There are no other irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the set has a firm shape.
Length 17 5/8" necklace length 8 1/2" bracelet length
Mark See photo
Clasp Secure, and original
Weight 67.5 grams
Material Alloy (does not test for silver content)
Collector Note On the Machine-Age Movement. The machine age movement began in the United States after World War I, when there was an explosion of industry and technology including skyscrapers, automobiles, airplanes, and streamlined, metallic trains. Artists and jewelry makers, inspired by the newfangled aesthetics and Zeitgeist around this modern landscape, created machine age jewelry. These pieces featured the clean, efficient lines of machines and the sheen of metal. They allowed people to express with fashion the excitement of the modern age.
On Art Deco. Art Deco is one of the first truly international styles, that influenced the design of buildings, furniture, fashion and of course, jewelry. The movement was given a name from the international exposition of Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, that was held in Paris in 1925 and largely dedicated to the jewelry arts. Born out of ideas of modernism and the Industrial Age, this manifested into designs that used Cubism's bold abstraction and rectilinear shapes and combined them with intricate patterning, bold color and symmetry. High-end jewelry design houses like Cartier and Boucheron set the trends in gold and gemstones, which were then emulated by costume jewelry companies in glass or perhaps plastics, and brought to the masses.