"Octopus and Butterfly" brooch

Wilhelm Lucas von Cranach1899 - 1900

Pforzheim Jewellery Museum

Pforzheim Jewellery Museum

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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  • Title: "Octopus and Butterfly" brooch
  • Creator: Design: Wilhelm Lukas von Cranach, Crafted by Louis Werner
  • Date Created: 1899 - 1900
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: h9.9 cm
  • Provenance: © Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim
  • Type: Jewellery
  • Photographer: Guenther Meyer
  • Medium: Gold, pearls, diamonds, rubies, amethysts, a topaz, enamel