Superb condition Boucher sterling brooch in the form of a bow, with a multitude of turquoise colored glass balls and sapphire blue navette crystals. This gorgeous piece was made by Boucher in 1946 as evidenced by his number on the back - the markings include 2374 (indicating it was made in 1946), Boucher's iconic hallmark, the Phrygian cap, Sterling, and Pat Pend. The brooch is in unbelievably superb condition - it is just gorgeous in every way, and almost 70 years old! It measures 2 1/4" long by 1 3/4". Superb craftsmanship, and beauty.
Marcel Boucher was born in Paris in 1898. Around 1920, after serving in WWI, Boucher apprenticed at Cartier as a jeweler. Around 1923, he was transferred by Cartier from Paris to New York where he worked for several years. He also worked freelance for Mazer Brothers. In 1937, Boucher launched his first collection – 3 dimensional brooches with naturalistic subjects. When America entered WWII in 1941, the white metal used in costume jewelry was restricted to military use, and sterling was substituted. At this time, Boucher moved his operations to Mexico, where sterling was abundant. It was here that his famous “Parisina” line of cast sterling was developed and produced. Also, during this time, Boucher spent about 6 months in New York and made model ships for the Navy and worked on at least one military project with Norman Bel Geddes. After Boucher designed a piece, it would go to two German model-makers, who had been trained in fine jewelry and were extremely skilled. Because of his background in jewelry model making at Cartier (and due to natural talent), he had a real expertise; he very closely oversaw this aspect of jewelry making, being very fussy over the details, which he considered critical to producing a quality product. He was an excellent mechanic and designed custom tooling, obtaining several patents for these designs. It goes without saying that the beauty of his designs is exemplary - “very stylized, very elegant and very chic, innovative, bold, and fashionable” to say the least! Due to his meticulous oversight, his pieces are extremely qualitative as well. This is very apparent when looking at any Boucher piece. Boucher pieces have an item number on the back of the piece, which allows us to date them accurately. This particular piece is from 1946. Marcel Boucher died in 1964. Boucher is well known as one of the foremost designers and jewelry makers in the 20th century, and all of his items are very collectible.
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