Arts & Crafts Jugendstil Lapis Lazuli Karl Karst Silver Brooch Pin
Excellent condition. Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection.
* Silver setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear.
* No dents or imperfections to the shape or signs of repair.
* One "curl" is missing from the filigree in-between the petals.
* Lapis is gleaming with no chips or surface wear.
* Clasp is secure and original.
Era 1900 - 1910s
Length 2 1/2"
Width 1 3/4"
Mark See photo
Weight 19 grams
Material 800 silver, natural Lapis Lazuli
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Made and signed by German jewelry designer Karl Karst who was a refined designer from the Jugendstil period.
* Full sized silhouette enhances the striking design and frames the beautiful cut of vibrant lapis.
* Excellent condition showcases the design detail and quality of construction.
On Jugendstil. Jugendstil is the German and Austrian counterpart to the more international Art Nouveau movement. For that reason, the designs have similar characteristics as the art nouveau style - with some key differences. Most notably, Jugendstil tends to be more abstract than purely naturalistic. It included jewelry but also included all other art forms, like the visual arts and architecture.
On Signed Designer Pieces. A piece of jewelry that has been signed by the designer is immediately of higher value, because it definitively places the work in their oeuvre. This gives the piece a personal history that it might not otherwise have-fixed in place, time, style, and intent. In addition, signed designer pieces indicate that a designer viewed the work as worthy enough to want his or her name to be forever associated with it. This indicates that the piece was made with a concentration on high-quality construction or perhaps trendy or progressive design.