Unger Brothers Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Brooch
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Renowned for its Art Nouveau designs, Unger Brothers is equally well regarded in the dual realms of flatware and jewelry. This c. 1900 example of the company's work is a hollow, 2 5/8" long by 1 1/2" at the widest, approximately .5 T. oz., pin or brooch. It is a completely original piece and not one of the knock offs or counterfeits that are available in the marketplace.
It features a woman wearing a large brimmed hat or bonnet that is festooned with daisies. She has long, sinuous tresses that tumble out from under the hat and lay across her shoulders in wavelets. The face is expressive, clearly youthful and guileless, as well as expressing a slightly wistful or dreamy state.There is a high degree of detailing which is enhanced by the dimensionality of the piece. The hat, for example, folds back on itself, framing the face, while the tresses undulate, and the daisies show the fullness of their state of development, with one just opening, one with flat petals in early bloom, and one with the petals turning under as in full maturity. One is tempted to see these as a subtle symbolism of the stages of life. The backside is plain save for the entwined Unger U and B surrounded by "925 Sterling" mark. There is a "C" clasp and straight bar pin. The condition is excellent. There are no dents, bends, or pinprick holes, or polishing wear on the design.