Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a bold Paul Lobel handmade sterling silver brooch c. 1955. The brooch is in the "Floating Leaf" pattern. This artisan studio piece features a reverse image leaf cut-out. The leaf is brushed silver. Leaves were a favorite design for Paul Lobel and he used them frequently in his work. The brooch is 3-1/8" long X 1-5/16" wide (maximum dimensions). The back is marked "Lobel" + "Sterling". The piece weighs 18.5 grams and has a modern type safety clasp original to the piece. The brooch comes in its original cardboard box. It is marked "Paul A. Lobel, 165 West 4th. St., New York 14, N.Y." + "Hand Wrought Sterling" (all in Deco style lettering).
Paul A. Lobel of New York City (1900-1983) was a designer, sculptor, metalsmith, and illustrator. He was born in Romania at the turn of the century. He became an innovative maker of jewelry in New York’s Greenwich Village. His jewelry was revolutionary in three-dimensional design and modernity and has been shown in the Smithsonian Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Paul Lobel was a pioneer of the American Modernist studio jewelry movement.
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.
Choice Paul Lobel Mid Century Brooch c. 1955