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Between Reception and Modernity

Jewellery by the Goldsmith Johannes Eckert

An exhibition by the Kunstgewerbemuseums (Museum of Decorative Arts), Schloss Pillnitz
May 1 - October 31, 2012

The focal point of Johannes Eckert’s (1885-1962) gold and silversmith works were jewels, such as pendants, rings and brooches. Moreover, he created objects to be used in the Holy Communion in Saxon churches, artworks such as spoons following a Roman model from the 4th century BC as well as signets. Eckert was often inspired by ornaments from the Renaissance and Baroque, but his works were also influenced by modern forms of Art Deco for instance.

Furthermore, he executed several public commissions, which made him known on a national level. Among them were the chains of office of the Commercial College Leipzig and of the Technical University Dresden and the Golden Book of the City of Meissen. He also designed the first prize for the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936. As a freelancer, Eckert restored museum objects in the possession of the Grüne Gewölbe (Green Vault).

As a goldsmith, Eckert was in the best sense of the word a craftsman of his time and met the very diverse demands of his clients. Not only thanks to his work in the Grüne Gewölbe, he was able to consult his profound knowledge with regard to historic forms and material combinations.