Frans Zwollo Sr., 18 crt. gold brooch, 1910-1915, Organic in shape and set with two light yellow old cut diamonds, ca. 2,10ct and 1,65ct. (both Fancy Light Yellow / SI and VSI). In the middle an S-shape set with octagonal cut diamonds. Marked FZ in four-step, Mt. Frans Zwollo Sr. This brooch has features similar to a brooch in the permanent collection of the Rijksmuseum. The brooch was commissioned by Willy Schuler, who gave it as a gift to his wife. Together they ran a haute-couture business in The Hague. Frans Zwollo Sr., 1872 - 1945, was a Dutch goldsmith and jewellery designer. Together with Jan Eissenloeffel he had a great influence on the new movement in the Netherlands (Art-Nouveau). He worked at Bonebakker & Son in Amsterdam, Delheid in Brussels and in his own studio. Frans Zwollo found it important to share information and crafts. He taught in Haarlem, Germany, The Hague and Schoonhoven. He was also a member of the Vereeniging voor Ambachts- en Nijverheidskunst (VANK) and of Arti et Industriae. The Schuler family and Frans Zwollo were both in the artists' circles in The Hague and will have met there regularly. This brooch has remained in the possession of the Schuler family for all time.
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