Sunday, October 16, 2011

ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM: Gustav Manz at the Forbes Galleries

Like many master jewelers Gustav Manz kept a low profile and rarely signed his designs. For the first time in 70 years, some of his work is on view at The Forbes Galleries. The show's curator, Elyse Karlin (co-author of Imperishable Beauty) has brought together 200 pieces fashioned by famous and anonymous artisans, each representing one of the aesthetic styles that emerged at the turn of the 20th century.

Manz's expertise as a carver of motifs taken from nature is evident in a sterling silver handbag frame featuring undulating mermaids in a lily pond (made for jeweler F. Walter Lawrence) in a solid gold brooch depicting a remarkably lifelike maple leaf branch and whirligigs, and in a diminutive gold elephant dress clip set with cabochon jade, sapphire and ruby stones—versions of which he designed for firms like Cartier, Tiffany, and Shreve, Crump & Low.

Photo Joe Gold & Co for Forbes Galleries

International Art Jewelry 1895-1925
October 29, 2011 through March 17, 2012.

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