Pforzheim, Germany: Kunstgewerbe-Verein, 1879. Original artwork. Loose leaf. Elephant Folio (18 1/2 x 12 3/8"). Five plates of heavy cardboard with cardboard mat framing forty-three original watercolor and pen and ink designs of jewelry. Each cardboard inked 1879 at top and numbered in ink II. 1., pages 17, 18, 21, 22 and 23, with jewelry designs numbered consecutively 158 through 170 and 189 through 219, missing number 166. The size of these designs range from 2 1/4 x 1 5/8" to 6 5/8 x 3 1/2" with one design measuring 3 3/4 x 6 5/8".
Half of the designs with corresponding names of designers written in pencil to the back of the card boards, e.g. Mayer, Wilma Pegau, Hischmann, Müller, Wehrle, Gülick, Löffler and Frank, Bichler, Wiltum, etc., presumably participants in the design program at the Kunstgewerbe-Verein Pforzheim. Designs No. 206 signed Wiltum, No. 165 signed M. Müller at bottom of actual design. Design No. 168 with pencil notes on plate, not affecting actual design.
The jewelry depicted includes pendants, buttons, rings, one brooch, earrings, pins and necklaces with pendants. All designs rendered in watercolor and pen and ink are executed in a most delicate and subtle manner, featuring bright colors and intricate designs drawn onto a variety of paper grades. Two of the pendants are drawn to heavy paper, then glued into the frame. Some of the designs are administered in oil, others with details enhanced by oil paint. The delicacy of many of these designs is astonishing and reminiscent of royal jewelry as well as modern trends in the decorative arts. vg to fine. Item #48174