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"Octopus and Butterfly" brooch

Wilhelm Lucas von Cranach1899 - 1900

Pforzheim Jewellery Museum

Pforzheim Jewellery Museum
Pforzheim, Germany

Wilhelm Lukas von Cranach, a descendant of the famous painter Lucas Cranach, first trained as a forester and then studied painting. He owed his reputation to his superb designs for jewellery and other arts-and-crafts objects. The "Octopus and Butterfly" brooch is a masterpiece of Art Nouveau and, in terms of motif and craftsmanship, the most spectacular jewellery creation of this stylistic epoch in Germany.

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