RESERVED for B only -thank you!*******************************
This is a most spectacular Austro Hungarian necklace signed by Gustav Hauber, Germany c1895. It is absolutely gorgeous and hard to believe it has aged so well, with all stones intact and undamaged. It is a triumph!!!! Gustav Hauber is a particularly sought after name in jewellery design and is known for his quality workmanship from the end of the 19th century to the Art Deco period in Germany. This is a very early piece-hence the Austro Hungarian influence.
It is great to see a necklace of this importance with green stones instead of the usual garnets, with the pearls. Here we have a large, square, faceted chrysoprase stone set in the centre of the design, with smaller sparkly faceted green pastes set in between the compass points, which are set with small mother of pearl cabochons. I have seen a necklace like this in the past but this one has a longer flower panel chain, at 63cm in length, instead of the 45cm I saw on the other example. Hurrah!!!
There is a dramatic, scalloped detailing around the main stone and the pendant is dotted with elaborate designs of coils and silver balls. The overarching section suspended above it, adds that extra touch of quality design, also being set with matching pastes and pearl. The articulation is lovely when you move.
The necklace has its original silver chain and I adore the nod to the Secession movement which was just starting to creep into designs at the end of the 19th century. The elongated, rectangular links have a stylised flower motif on each end….such fabulous attention to detail! They are beautiful, beautiful chains.
Please look at the reverse of the pendant sections-what amazing attention to every little feature. I love the way you can see some of the sinuous silver work detailing and how the craftsman has manipulated the material and the shapes. It is pure joy!
The pendant section measures approx 5cm in height by approx 3.8cm wide, so it is a significantly sized piece. The chain measures approx 45cm (17.5 inches) in length. The hand crafted round link on one end of the chain (which fastens into the catch) is stamped with both the H mark maker’s mark of Hauber and also the number for the quality of silver which looks like “800”, although it took me a while to discern whether it was an 8 or 9 at first.
This is a rarer Hauber design in such great condition. A beautiful thing! It has been carefully cleaned and is absolutely ready to wear!
I will post by International Tracked and Signed. Many thanks for looking. The box is for display purposes only and is not included in the sale.