Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a Paul Lobel handmade sterling silver brooch c. 1950. The brooch features a major theme of Lobel's work in the 1950's, a stylized heart shaped leaf. This artisan studio piece features a reverse image leaf cut-out, with visible ribs, a technique of Lobel's work. The "rib" curves around the leaf and attaches at the top creating an open look. The brooch is 2-1/4" long X 2" wide (maximum dimensions). The back is marked "Lobel" + "Sterling". The brooch has a safety style clasp. The piece weighs 13.7 grams.
Paul A. Lobel, was born in Romania around the turn of the century. After coming to the United States as an infant, he was raised in New York City. His accomplishments include designer, metalsmith, sculptor and illustrator. He became adept at three dimensional design in all aspects of his artistic life. Modernism was his watchword. During World War 2, silver was more readily available than most other materials and Lobel began working more in this medium in jewelry. He believed that women wanted simplistic jewelry of high quality, and to this end, he opened his shop in Greenwich Village in New York City. He made stylized pieces featuring musical instruments, animals, leaf and flower forms, and other whimsical items. Paul Lobel was part of the wave of jewelers based in Greenwich Village in the 1940’- 50’s. This group included Sam Kramer, Art Smith, Ed Levin and Ed Wiener. His work was simplistic and devoid of stones and generally made in silver. This was more of a harking back to the 1930’s that Lobel knew, rather than to the stark realism and tribalism of the 1950’s, like his fellow NYC artists. Like his sculptures, Lobel’s jewelry was constructed from simple, flat shapes and best when viewed from the front. His shop in New York City was closed sometime in the 1950’s and he went on to different horizons. Paul A. Lobel, died in 1983, having left a huge impact on mid-century design. Most of his jewelry was made from the mid-1940’s through the late 1950’s.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling".
When you own vintage handmade jewelry, you wear a design that is unique and represents the artist's vision. It is made by a skilled craftsman and can have features which are only found in this piece. The jewelry may exhibit the marks of the craftsman. It will not be perfect. The jewelry will show age appropriate tarnish, unless we state otherwise.
Classic Paul Lobel MCM Leaf Brooch c. 1950