This remarkable brooch was created by Countess Cis Zoltowska. Her pieces are very rare, difficult to find and thus highly collectible. This stunning brooch is outstanding in design, construction and use of unusual materials. Born in Vienna, she started her career in jewelry in 1951 by hand-painting cufflinks and buttons. She was quickly taken up by Pierre Balmain and Jacques Fath and moved on to jewelry in the mid 1950s. She worked for Balenciaga for 14 years, creating jewelry for his couture collections. Her jewelry was also sold through Lord & Taylor (Cis of Paris) and Bonwit Teller (Countess Zoltowska). She is known for her signature "crackled" glass cabochons and stones marbled and sprayed with gold. Very few of her pieces are signed, but the signature is "CIS" stamped under a crown. And this amazing piece is signed with just such a signature.
The brooch measures 5 inches in height and 2 inches in width. It is in very good vintage condition, with all stones present. There are two chips to one of the large glass dangle pieces but it is very hard to detect due to the "crackled" nature of the glass. There is also some foil loss to the back of the center round stone but it does not seem to show through to the front so is not at all detectable when worn. It is signed "Cis" under a crown.
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