Björn Weckström for Lapponia Jewelry (FI), Space Series, vintage modernist sculptural sterling silver “Labyrinth” brooch, 1979
A superb museum quality Lapponia brooch from Finland by Björn Weckström entitled Labyrinth. This 1979 design is part of the Space Silver series began in 1969 ~ a series with strange sculpted water and landscapes with human figures lost or striving. They are reminiscent of dreams - so perhaps 'dreamscape' is a good description. This amazing modernist brooch depicts a man standing alone and enclosed by a sweeping alien landscape. It is sculptural and graceful.
Founded in Finland in 1960, Lapponia has a team of international designers, but the most famous is Björn Weckström, who designed the first collection in 1963. His sculpture-like jewelry, is unique and spectacular and this is a stunning example of his work and truly evokes the Finnish landscape of snow and glaciers. The brooch has a mixture of soft textured surfaces and polished ridges that give it a sculptural richness. I've included images from all angles to capture the superb shapes.
Full hallmarking as follows: 925 & scales - Finland National Mark; crown within a heart - Helsinki city mark; W - makers mark; 925; K8 - year 1987 and Lapponia. On the reverse, it secures with a trombone push safety clasp.
Dimensions are: 1 1/2 inch x 1 5/8 inch and the height is 7/8 inch; weight is a substantial 23.9 grams and it is in perfect condition. I have left it unpolished.
This is a spectacular brooch from one of the most important jewelry designers working today and is a superb example of modernist Scandinavian design.
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