This beautiful Amourelle brooch was created by Frank Hess, of Miriam Haskell fame, during his collaboration with Kramer of New York. There are very few Amourelle pieces to be found, as the partnership only lasted a few years in the early 1960's. The resemblance to the designs he did for Haskell is marked, and certainly can be seen in this brooch.
This pin is exceptionally long (4.5 inches) and narrow (1.5 inches). From tip to tip, the flower and leaf design is full of glowing amber colored art glass stones with mottled whitish stones (meant to look like natural stones) and clear rhinestone accents. The stones are not dragon's breath, but the etching on the surface of the stones gives a similar impression. The leaves have a coppery colored guilloche enamel - all this set on Russian gold gilt embossed metal. The back is filigree with an extra long pin back. Although its unusual size needs to be considered, this brooch is amazing on the right outfit!
Condition: All stones are present and overall the metal is in good shape with some darkening on the prongs. The leaf pair to the far left wiggles a bit, but is secure. For pieces of this age and style, it is in very good condition. Please use the zoom feature to review all photographs carefully.
Marks: The back has the heart shaped cartouche stamped with the cursive "Amourelle©" As was the case while he was with Haskell, Hess's designs for Amourelle often included a lot of hand wiring, use of art glass and Russian gold gilt and metal filigree. This brooch has all these classic Hess/Amourelle characteristics and is a true treasure.
Item ID: AMOUR2