This is a wonderful figural pin that is heavy and gold washed base metal. The figure is a gargoyle in flight. He is fierce with open mouth and unfurled wings. The pin is trimmed with small darkened rhinestones and a red eye. This pin is heavy and there is some uneven tone to the gold washed finish. The pin is secure with a C locking clasp. This pin is familiar to me but I can't place the designer. It is part of the estate of Bonnie Yankauer the collector of all exceptional examples of costume and rare jewelry. I used to sell to them as far back as the 1970's in the fields of Brimfield. It is nice to see such special pieces back on the market after all of these years.
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Art & Antiques from Victorian through the 1950's and slightly beyond
The retailer in me wants more dimension, color, texture and artistry. Beauty or whimsey are a must.