Necklace, acquired by Gustav Klimt for Emilie Flöge, 1905
Leopold Museum, Vienna
Necklace, acquired by Gustav Klimt for Emilie Flöge 1905
Silver, moonstone, opal
(Vienna 1868–1918 Vienna)
Currently on display at OG4
Pieces of jewelry were among the first items produced by the Wiener Werkstätte. Between 1903 and 1907, Koloman Moser (1868–1918) furnished numerous jewelry designs, for instance for pendants, necklaces, broaches and belt buckles, which are all characterized by clear lines. He rarely availed himself of geometrical forms, instead preferring floral and vegetal motifs. The contrast between lines and planes as well as between planar metal elements and three-dimensional, protruding stones invest the piece with its inherent tension. Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) bought this necklace, created by Moser in 1905, as a present for Emilie Flöge (1874–1952).