Wednesday, 1 June 2011

GUSTAV MANZ: the unknown master carver

This is a surprise discovery for me brought by a blog reader! Gustav Manz was a master craftsman born in 1865 in Germany who travelled to Paris, England and South Africa to learn and study new jewellery designs before settling in the United States where he opened his own practice. He worked for all the grand houses in the first half of the Twentieth Century: Tiffany, Cartier, Yard, Marcus & Co, Black Starr & Frost and many more...; he carved extremely delicate Art Nouveau pieces for all of them that then were signed by the brand retailing them, that is why he has been almost forgotten through time. A stunning fact is that he exhibited a panther ring set in sapphires in 1924 at the Metropolitan's eighth annual Exhibition of American Industrial Art!.

Read more about his biography and art in this great article by The Magazine Antiques

The ring above is featured by Macklowe Gallery in NY.