Here we have what may be the inspiration of the well known and most collectible Roger Jean-Pierre mushroom brooch. Mark Dottenheim, who founded his company Jeanne, predates Monsieur Jean-Pierre by about 20 years. This is super high quality, really well made, laden with bright and clear baguette crystals under the mushroom cap and pave set with smoky rhinestones all over the mushroom stem and cap. To be perfectly honest, I am not sure if the stones were originally this smoky color or if they have consistently darkened, but the contrast against the deep rich gold is spectacular. A couple of the stones are black. One can tell that this is high quality. The mushroom is 2-1/4" tallby 1-3/4" wide.
Information on Jeanne from Kaleidoscope's website: First of all, Jeanne Vintage Jewellery is quite rare and highly valued among the collectors of antique. In fact, there isn’t much information about the company. Meanwhile, it specialized in small animal figures in small quantities, very carefully executed, with high quality of materials and detailing. Born September 6, 1888, the future brand’s founder American jeweler Mark Dottenheim grew up in the family of Simon Dottenheim and Jennie Ullman. Mark founded his jewellery company in 1919. Labeled “Jeanne @”, his brooches, pins, earrings, and pendants have very interesting design. Besides, perfectly executed. And as a result – well preserved. As most of costume jewellery designers of the time, he made his decorations from jewelry alloy. All items – gold plated, enameled, and decorated with rhinestones, artificial pearls, and transparent crystals.
Mark Dottenheim died on January 14, 1960 in New York, the same place where he was born and had lived all his life. Unfortunately, the company has ceased to exist after the death of its founder.
Vintage Jeanne Mushroom Brooch