Adolph Katz, as Chief Designer for CORO , in for the spring-summer collection in 1944, created this "ROCK YOUR WORLD" sterling silver , rhinestone & enamel ROCK FISH. So striking that it is been memorialized in many books about Costume Jewelry. Most notably by Roberto Brunialti in "American Costume Jewelry: Art & Industry, Vol. 1". This particular example is SPECTACULAR.
The bright fuscia rhinestone eyes contrast beautifully with the large faceted aqua (or referred to as azure) glass stone in his mouth. This is complimented by the touches of pink and blue enamel on his gills and tail. Then there is the criss-cross patterned scales on his body of golden vermeil peeking through the colorful enamel and the clear rhinestones. I can absolutely understand why this guy is so often used as an example in books. He truly is a piece of ART!
He has a locking c-clasp closure and is marked "Sterling Corocraft" with a Pegasus on a rectangular cartouche. He measures a large 3" x 2 1/4".
All stones are present and appear to be original! No evidence of any glue from a previous repair and the enamel is in lovely condition. I don't even see so much as a fleabite to the large aqua glass stone in his mouth. The small speckles of black enamel on the gills are still evident. There is a small amount of wear to the vermeil wash on the back of the piece and a few flecks of loss to the gold foil, but otherwise he is beautiful condition. He could use a good cleaning but I will leave that to the new owner. Please note that in the photo of the back, there is reflection of my hands and camera.
If you're looking for a real treasure, here's one to cherish. Attractively priced.
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