Nature Transformed – French Art Nouveau Horn Jewellery. Small Exhibition 29.09.2018 – 27.10.2018

Nature Transformed – French Art Nouveau Horn Jewellery. Small Exhibition 29.09.2018 – 27.10.2018

Nature Transformed – French Art Nouveau Horn Jewellery
Small exhibition in our shop.

29.09.2018 – 27.10.2018
Daily 11:00 am – 07:00 pm

René Lalique, the great master of Art Nouveau (in Germany called Jugendstil), introduced horn at the turn of the century as an organic material in the circle of high-quality jewellery. His internationally respected contemporaries Georges Pierre and Elizabeth Bonté at the same time made horn jewellery. These three visionaries, as well as other highly gifted carvers and creators of perfectly thought-out horn jewellery, made a significant contribution to the fact that jewellery, sculpture and fashion met and merged. The way women dressed was subject to revolutionary change around 1900. The liberation of the corset and wearing light, flowing fabrics created a completely new freedom to move. It changed the lives and self-confidence of women and led to more independence.

In the early years of the 20th century, “Vogue” praised the transformative quality of horn jewellery with its translucent surface. This feature was great for recreating insect wings or petals. The term “bijoux de fantasisie” was characterized in this time. The artists were strongly oriented towards Japanese culture. In the so-called Japonism every blossom has its own meaning. For example, the cherry blossom stands for loyalty, the chrysanthemum in turn is considered a symbol of the sun’s rays. The same can be applied to the representation of insects. The cicada as a symbol of rebirth or the dragonfly as the embodiment of victory and courage were popular motifs in Japonism and, accordingly, in Art Nouveau. The bee represents prosperity. Perhaps the most important of the animals of the earth today, therefore, already had a high status in antique jewelry design.

Horn jewellery in various works can be found by the following artists in our shop and in our online shop for antique jewellery: Elizabeth Bonté, Georges Pierre, Georges Flamand and Ph. Lucens. You simply have to experience the visual and haptic softness of hand-carved horn jewellery. Wearing it is a timeless privilege and testifies to selected taste with great attention to detail. Our shop is perfectly located in the center of the capital, near Hackescher Markt and Alexanderplatz. You can reach us directly by metro to Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, by tram from the main station or by foot. The historic Scheunenviertel in Berlin-Mitte is the perfect setting for an exclusive shopping experience. You can find us at Linienstraße 44, corner Alte Schönhauser Straße. RHEINFRANK Antique Jewellery Berlin has opened from Monday to Saturday from 11:00 to 19:00. Purchases in our online shop enjoy the same security and full service as on-site purchases. We ship worldwide free of charge and insured.

Visit our unique shop for Engagement rings and Antique jewellery – we are looking forward to see you here in the heart of Berlin!

Rheinfrank – Antique Jewellery Berlin, Linienstr. 44, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Tel.: +49 30 20689155


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