Marcel Boucher's early work included his iconic enameled figurals from the 1940s -- wonderfully large fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, radishes, corn, currant, cherries, peppers and, of course, the pineapple presented. Patented in July, 1941, examples of this rare brooch can be seen in many reference books, notably Brunialtis' "American Costume Jewelry".
The textured fruit portion is enameled in a brownish orange with fronds in a two shades of metallic green. Curled leaves are tipped with clear chaton rhinestones. The brooch is richly plated in rhodium. It measures a generous approximate 3 1/8 inches x 2 3/4 inches with a maximum 1/2 inch profile or height. Weight is a substantial 50 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. Enameling in wonderful condition with minimal loss on husk points and three small slivers of enamel loss on fronds. No dents or improper bends to metal. Rhinestones intact, retaining sparkle, although they have dimmed from age. We have opted to leave them original. Rhodium finish intact. Pin mechanism secure. Slight bend to pin shaft not affecting function. No damage / no repairs. Clean. A "young" seventy something year old. Excellent vintage.
Reverse of the brooch is signed on reverse of a top frond: "DES. PAT'D" and also on a reverse leaf tip near pin hinge with Boucher's earliest mark: the Phrygian cap / helmet mark on leaf tip near pin hinge. Circa 1941.
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