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. 



 


Images courtesy Vintage Luxury (via 1stdibs) 


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