Robert Levey (Levy), along with partners Irving Landsman and David Jaffe founded Fashioncraft Jewelry Company in New York City in 1942. The name was changed in 1960 to Robert Originals, Inc. The name "Original by Robert" was used from circa 1942 to the late '70s. Often associated with Miriam Haskell because of the similarity of design (especially in his earlier works) Robert designed a popular line of enamel flower jewelry in the 1960s.
The brooch presented, circa 1960s, exemplifies this line of "Original by Robert" enamel work. Long and lovely calla lily bloom is enameled in a cocoa brown with stamen depicted with a topaz colored pear shaped rhinestone. Stem and two jutting leaves are done in green enamel centered with a green chaton rhinestone. Reverse displays a shiny gold tone finish.
The brooch measures a generous approximate 4 inches long x 1 1/4 inches at it's widest point with a 1/2 inch profile or height. Pear shaped rhinestones is about 13 millimeters x 7 millimeters; chaton rhinestone, 4 millimeters. Weight of the brooch is approximately 12 millimeters.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All enamel intact. No chips, nicks, cracks or rubs. No dents or improper bends to metal. Rhinestones intact and brilliant, retaining colors. Gold tone finish intact. Pin mechanism strong and secure. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
The brooch is signed on reverse within an artist palette cartouche: "Original BY Robert". Circa 1960s.
Add the calla lily to your arrangement. From the enamel flower collection of Robert. Find it at Cody's.
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