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Miriam Haskell Pate de Verre Stickpin
Miriam Haskell was so innovative in the use of art glass such as the raspberry pate de verre or gripoix glass in the shape of a crescent in this beautiful stickpin. It is fully signed on the back which would make it post 1948, so it could be from the Hess era but seems more likely to be by designer Robert Clark. According to Cathy Gordon in her book on Haskell jewelry, Clark was known for his use of oversize art glass and used "intertwined filigrees to gain height and depth" (194). This stickpin shows both of these characteristics. Gordon also notes that Haskell only made one earring of a prototype, and they were often used later for their stickpins. I have not seen this pattern before which perhaps is due to it having been a prototype for earrings. In any case it is truly beautiful with three pate de verre glass crescents with the center of the "flower" being circled with small light pink or lavender (hard to tell) beads. The clutch is original to the pin and has one of those same small beads in the center of its flower as well. It is from a Maine estate and in superb condition. I can see nothing wrong with it. If you love the work of Haskell, then this piece will be a beautiful accessory to your wardrobe and your vintage jewelry collection.
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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Raspberry/gold, Size: See description for sizes
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