A rare and spectacular ‘fin de siècle’ symbolist brooch. Medusa, here symbolizing the ‘Femme Fatale’ of the period, is beautifully portrayed. The powerful protective significance of the Greek Myth has fascinated artists for millennia. This exquisite brooch made by Karl Rothmüller of Munich echoes Edvard Munch’s 1893 expressionist ‘Der Schrei der Natur’. Karl Rothmüller (1860-1930) was Purveyor for the Royal Bavarian Court and one of the most important German goldsmiths of his time.
Documented in: ‘Moderner Schmuck von Karl Rothmüller in München’, Volume 113, Bijoux, Pays Divers XIXe Siècle, A-Z (Library of the Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris).