Rare Art Deco WMF Myra Glass Bead Necklace
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Directory: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Arts and Crafts: Pre 1930: item # 920393
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Third Floor Antiques
P.O. Box 223 H
Scarsdale New York 10583
This very rare necklace was manufactured by the WMF factory in Germany. WMF , or Wuttembergisches Metallwarenfabriek,was and still is known for its fine metalwork. The beautiful iridescent glass items were produced during the years 1926-1938.
The glass designer Karl Wiedmann perfected the technique of iridized surfaces used by the famed Tiffany, Loetz and Steuben factories, and began producing the "MYRA" Kristall. The technique involved the use of a thin layer of silver placed upon the glass surface which is etched with iridescent metal salts. The glass was transformed into a matte finish having translucent rainbow hues. Further information on the process and history can be obtained online in the Anticlopedia Antiques.
This example is rare and pure Art Deco in design. The beads are separated by silver spaces and attached to a silver chain which terminates with a spring ring clasp. The hues are primarily the rare green color with highlights of gold. When held to the light the characteristic golden color is seen. The seven beads measure approximately 5mm and are separated by the original decorative spiral spacers. The entire necklace with the chain measures 18 inches. The central section measures 6 1/4 inches. The necklace is completely original and in excellent condition.
These necklaces are so rare, and usually remain in collections. It is the second I have had the pleasure to sell in over twenty years.