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Delicate Like Iron. Jewellery from a Private Collection

Exhibition  /  16 Jul 2021  -  06 Feb 2022
Published: 24.03.2021
Unkown. Brooch: Portrait brooch depicting Mademoiselle Henriette Roth (founder of the Enamel Museum in Geneva), about 1834. Porcelain, gold.. Photo by: Winfried Reinhardt. Part of: Pforzheim Jewellery Museum. Part of: Klaus-Peter and Judith Thomé Collection. Signed "Herbert, 1834".. Unkown
Brooch: Portrait brooch depicting Mademoiselle Henriette Roth (founder of the Enamel Museum in Geneva), about 1834
Porcelain, gold.
Photo by: Winfried Reinhardt
Part of: Pforzheim Jewellery Museum
Part of: Klaus-Peter and Judith Thomé Collection
Signed "Herbert, 1834".

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Intro
Iron Jewellery was very popular in the period from the late 18th to the mid-19th century. In this exhibition, the audience could enjoy these historical jewellery works from the Klaus-Peter and Judith Thomé Collection, which was put together over the course of the past 25 years and is now incorporated into the Jewellery Museum’s collection as a donation.
In the period from the late 18th to the mid-19th century, what is called iron jewellery was very popular: elaborate necklaces, bracelets, pendant earrings, brooches and even rings, filigreed like lace – yet cast from iron. The pieces' unobtrusive material, clear-cut formal idiom and somewhat inaccessible character reflect the values embraced by society back then: constancy, modesty and reticence. In line with the taste of the time, they feature elements from Gothic architecture or floral ornamental motifs from classical antiquity, such as palmettes, acanthus and wine leaves. In addition to Berlin – from which the French term "fer de Berlin" derives – the city of Gleiwitz (now Gliwice in Poland) was also home to an important foundry. At first, iron jewellery was mainly used as mourning jewellery, and many women were wearing what are called "Louise pendants" or "Louise brooches" after the early death of the well-liked Prussian Queen Louise in 1810. During the time of the Napoleonic Wars of Liberation, iron jewellery was being worn increasingly as a political statement or symbol of patriotism, and was donned "to save the fatherland" following an appeal by Princess Marianne of Prussia in 1813 to donate gold jewellery in exchange for pieces made of iron. What enabled the production of delicate iron jewellery in the first place was the state of technological development back then as a necessary prerequisite for transforming the technically demanding designs into tangible pieces. Some of the designs were created by the state architect of Prussia, Karl Friedrich Schinkel. During World War I, iron jewellery became fashionable again in the shape of rings, brooches or medallions with the inscription "Gold gab ich für Eisen" (I gave gold for iron), for example.

The exhibits are from the Klaus-Peter and Judith Thomé Collection, which was put together over the course of the past 25 years and is now incorporated into the Jewellery Museum’s collection as a donation. After Judith Thomé, who was born in the USA, had repeatedly purchased historical jewellery since the late 1970s, she bought her first piece of iron jewellery at an auction in 1995: a Berlin iron necklace enhanced with medallions. She was so fascinated by it that she started to collect iron jewellery, and has meanwhile gathered about 160 pieces. Her penchant for jewellery was sparked when she was still a child, back in America, by a geologist friend of the family.


Opening:
Planned for Thursday, 15 July, 7 pm.

Opening hours:
Tue–Sun and holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)

Admission to the permanent exhibition:
€ 4.50, reduced price € 2.50, € 6.00 (incl. a visit to the Technical Museum of Pforzheim’s Jewellery and Watchmaking Industries, free admission for children no older than 14 and for holders of a Museums-PASS-Musées)
Guided tours for groups by appointment. Public guided tours through the permanent exhibition: Sun 3 p.m., € 6.50, reduced price € 4.50.

Partners: Pforzheimer Zeitung and SWR2.
For more information, please visit the website.

 
Unkown. Collar: Untitled, about 1820/30. Iron.. Photo by: Winfried Reinhardt. Part of: Klaus-Peter and Judith Thomé Collection. Part of: Pforzheim Jewellery Museum. Berlin/Gleiwitz. . Unkown
Collar: Untitled, about 1820/30
Iron.
Photo by: Winfried Reinhardt
Part of: Klaus-Peter and Judith Thomé Collection
Part of: Pforzheim Jewellery Museum
Berlin/Gleiwitz.

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Unkown. Buckle: Gürtelschließe mit Aischylos, umgeben von Säulen und gotischen Spitzen (Belt buckle with Aeschylus, surrounded by columns and Gothic spikes), about 1820. Iron, steel.. Photo by: Winfried Reinhardt. From series: Klaus-Peter and Judith Thomé Collection. From series: Pforzheim Jewellery Museum. Berlin or Gleiwitz.. Unkown
Buckle: Gürtelschließe mit Aischylos, umgeben von Säulen und gotischen Spitzen (Belt buckle with Aeschylus, surrounded by columns and Gothic spikes), about 1820
Iron, steel.
Photo by: Winfried Reinhardt
From series: Klaus-Peter and Judith Thomé Collection
From series: Pforzheim Jewellery Museum
Berlin or Gleiwitz.
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