Welcome to the Gustav Manz blog. Manz was a European-trained jewelry designer, sculptor, and master goldsmith whose career spanned New York's Gilded Age and Art Deco eras. We invite you to share your thoughts, and will do our best to answer specific questions about the life, work, and clients of this early 20th century artist-craftsman.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
MARCH COMES IN LIKE... A MANZ LION
A lion-faced chimera atop an acanthus leaf guards a cushion cut garnet Brooch, 14K gold, circa 1890s Size: 1" X 1" X .5"
Maker: Gustav Manz for F. Walter Lawrence, Inc. whose mark is stamped on reverse
As art critic Judith H. Dobrzynski said of the bronze Chimera of Arezzo (400 B.C.), this lion-faced brooch is a "splendid example of the imaginary made nearly real." Manz streamlines his take on the monster a tad—omitting the classical goat and serpent head—in favor of wearability. Though only an inch in diameter, the reverse side of the pin is fully modeled and chased—the mark of conscientious craftsmanship Manz was known for.