Posted 7 years ago
Fahrner jewelry, especially pieces designed during his lifetime are favorites of mine and this necklace is particularly splendid!
Designed by Georg Kleeman, circa 1902-1903, it has a 218 mm (5'6") silver chain, sectioned with nine matrix opals. Finishing the chain are sterling plaques in an Art Nouveau design inset with blue-green cell enamel. Hanging from the plaques are fine silver tassels (8 1/2" long), tipped with small silver pearls.
The chain was wrapped around the neck several times with the decorative parts and tassels to the front.
The necklace is stamped: TF 950 MBCo (Theodore Fahrner and Murle Bennet Co). Murle Bennet had manufacturing factories in Pforzheim and manufactured jewelry for many companies, but the double signature is uncommon.
This necklace is pictured in "Theodore Fahrner: Jewelry Between Avantgarde and Tradition" on page 111.