Highly collectable vintage Henkel Grosse German Modernist style gold plated metal signed brooch made for Dior in the 1970s
CONDITION: light wear consistent with age
SIZE: 1½ ins h x 2¼ ins w (4 x 6 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1970s
MARKS: 19 GROSSE 73 GERMANY
This beautiful piece is of the highest couture quality and takes the form of a three dimensional leaf spray design. The brooch is highly detailed, richly textured and gold plated.
The brooch is signed on the back 19 GROSSE 73 GERMANY indicating that it was made for Dior in 1973
The jewellery firm Süddeutsche Gold und Haar-Bijourterie, founded in 1907 by Heinrich Henkel and Florentin Grosse, began making costume jewellery just after World War I. A decade later they were working together with the fashion labels Lanvin and Schiaparelli in Paris as well as with Harrods in London and Saks in New York.
After their factory was destroyed in World War II Henkel and Grosse reestablished their business in New York and began marketing a range of high quality costume jewelry which appealed to the US market. In 1955 Henkel & Grosse started its cooperation with Christian Dior (1905-57) in Paris and were licensed as the sole producers and distributors of Dior jewellery. In the 1960s they expanded their portfolio to include Grosse Bijoux, Grosse Sterling and Grosse Gold, with fashion always dictating the design. Brooches, necklaces and ear clips in colorful, fanciful blossom forms to match the petticoat dresses of the time were produced in sets in various price classes for a wide customer base.
In 2006 the family withdrew from the business and the firm became part of the Dior group.
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