1941 ultra rare, iconic MB (Marcel Boucher) BOUCHER huge 'Preying/Praying Mantis' pin. Features pave and baguette rhinestones throughout. One of the most desirable, sought after, and collectible BOUCHER designs. Extremely dimensional and the detail is incredible! Rhodium-plated base metal.
Approximately 4"L by 3 1/2" at widest.
Signed MB in the tall capital letters with the Phrygian helmet and stonesetter's mark of 'F' and '2'.
I would deem this the pin to be in very good vintage condition with the exception of a small crack/break on the reverse (does not affect integrity of piece, but needs to be pointed out), some areas of rhodium-plate wear to the reverse, and one antennae is somewhat mobile.
Book reference here of the most common pave rhinestone version can be found on page 52 of Brunialti's 'American Costume Jewelry, Art & Industry, 1935-1950'. Rated *****5 of *****5 stars for quality and rarity.
Marcel Boucher (1898–1965) was a French jeweller. In the early 1920s, he moved to New York City where he developed a passion for jewellery design, studying under Pierre Cartier as an apprentice. By the 1930s, he was working for Mazer Brothers. However, in 1937 he decided to establish his own company, which he called Marcel Boucher and Cie.
His pins were often made to look 3D, sometimes with several layers In the opinion of many costume jewelry experts, the bird, marine and flower designs that he created in the 1940s have never been surpassed.