Company founder Victor Mayer (1857 – 1946) was both an artist and art lover. For Mayer, skilled craftsmanship was the decisive standard for quality, and he had an infallible aptitude for finding the zeitgeist. After training as a steel engraver, in 1877 he enrolled as one of the first students at the newly founded Grand Ducal School of Arts and Crafts. Three years in Vienna gave him further inspiration and he financed his stay in the city by working as a steel engraver and model maker, learning new, sophisticated techniques including the art of guilloché and enamelling.
Born in Pforzheim, Germany, Dr Marcus Oliver Mohr is the fourth generation to now run the 130-year-old family business, Victor Mayer.
Typical of a scion from a family business, he was involved in the operation of the company during his schooling and compulsory military service. In addition, he acquired practical knowledge as a goldsmith and setter, taking jewellery classes at Pforzheim University of Applied Art.
Entering the company officially in 1995 as Sales Manager, Mohr was promoted to General Manager in 2000. In 2003, he took over the majority shares of the company from his father Dr Herbert Mohr-Mayer and has since run the company as President.
Mohr has a passion for applied art, history and philosophy and is dedicated to the preservation and transmission of the age-old craft techniques in traditional European jewellery making today. Working closely with his small team of craftsmen in Pforzheim, near Stuttgart, Mohr has been working with Fabergé since the brand was re-launched in 2007.
With a focus on the Heritage Collection, which predominantly uses the traditional technique of guilloché and enamelling, Mohr explores new and innovative ways to bring historical craftsmanship into the 21st century - though the core processes within both art forms have remained largely unchanged for 130 years.
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