Arthur Pepper was the owner of Mode-Art, a New York based company that marketed a variety of jewelry in a wide range of prices. The dates of operation are unclear, but most signed pieces appear to have been produced from the 1950's through the 1970's.
This lovely classic style brooch, reminiscent of Florenza jewelry designs, is a delicate antique gold-tone metal design set with a faux cultured pearl in the center and surrounded by small pearls, round coral beads and tear-drop jade cabochons. The brooch measures 1 1/4" across and has a safety clasp mechanism. It is marked "Art" with a copyright symbol which was used after 1955.