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Theodor Fahrner Silver, Opal and Enamel Tassel Necklace

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Posted 3 years ago

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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.


  1. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Very unusual piece, I never saw a all chain lariat which was not costume jewelry!
    I prefer too early TF pieces (not fond of marcassites...)!
    Did you have a look at my Art Nouveau Janvier Quercia early posts?
  2. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago



  3. Bluboi Bluboi, 3 years ago
    So interesting, Kyra! I have followed some of your other workmanship and your results are quite good! I am a total klutz when it come to repairs!

    Yes, this lariat is really over-the-top and to my mind, atypical for Fahrner whose pieces were fairly small during the Art Nouveau period. I "do" like the Deco pieces, but the Art Nouveau come in first.
  4. BelleEpoque BelleEpoque, 3 years ago
    I have admired this piece for years, thanx for sharing it on cw!!
  5. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
    Wow - amazing. I love this and would have loved to see what the first owner wore it over. Just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and comments, links to more research.
  6. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 3 years ago
    When it comes to Fahrner, it doesn't get better than this! It's completely awesome.

    Valentino, google Emilie Floge, you'll find lots of period photos of her wearing art dresses that Klimt designed for her and she also wears lots of these long style necklaces. I think made by the WW.

    Farhrner produced a jewellery range made specifically for the arty middle-classes. The probably would have worn art clothing as well.
  7. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
    Thank you Jewels1900 for the link to Emilie and Klimt. I have a few research books on them but it mostly refers to art and home.

    Aside from that - do you watch Downton Abbey? Amazing long -flapper length - at least 36" (probably velvet) black ribbon w/silver beads (probably steel cuts) at throat and on tassel ends that Lady Mary wears and Anna gently takes off....

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