MAK WW archive, Model No. 362.
Original drawing Inv. No. K.I. 12.144/46 (reproduced right). Calculation WWMB 5/966
cf. Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, Vol. 17, October 1905 - March 1906, pp. 186/7
The calculation in the MAK WW archive records that two examples of this design were executed - one in 1905, incorporating moonstones and opals, and the other (the present example) in April 1911, incorporating coral and lapis. Eugene Pflaumer presented his invoice to the WW for his work in creating the present brooch in the same month. Also indicated in this record is the unit cost of the gold, silver and stones used. The retail price (320 Crowns) did not change between 1905 and 1911, but the cost of the materials declined, thus creating a greater profit for the WW the second time the design was executed.
The design for this brooch has strong architectural references - three fluted columns surmounted by hematite ovoids, massed between with a cascade of apparently random, but in fact carefully selected shapes, sizes and colors of stones, each equally thoughtfully positioned.
The vibrant hues of the stones mark a development from the cooler, more ethereal palette of the 1905 version.