A Link to Secessionism

Oval Cufflinks with Swirling Secessionist Tendrils (LEO Design)

Secessionism was the Arts & Crafts Movement variant of Vienna at the Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century.  Like its "sister movements" in other parts of the world, Secessionism marked the "movement away" from the prevailing design and aesthetic conventions which preceded it.  It also utilized a distinctive vocabulary of design elements including natural and botanical motifs, the elevation of handcraft and the promotion of natural materials.

The cufflinks shown above are probably not Viennese (or even Austrian).  They are most likely American.  But they are certainly from the Secessionist period—and utilize a Secessionist-inspired scrolling motif.  Click on the photo above to learn more about them.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com)

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques (www.mahlaantiques.com) or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com).

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