A reflection of neoclassical and rococo French court jewelry, Marcel Boucher's 1950s vintage collar necklace evokes the high style of la belle époque. Known for it's liberal use of bows, swags, garlands, and lacy foliate motifs, this "beautiful era" jewelry style reined supreme from the late 1800s to around 1915. Boucher, who had trained at Cartier in Paris, mastered the art of recreating these jewels in rhinestones and rhodium.
The necklace presented, patented by Boucher in 1950-1951 (#161567) is well documented and can be seen in Julia C. Carroll's book "Costume Jewelry 202". Bilateral double rows of chaton rhinestones attach via a pave set rhinestone fold over clasp. The centerpiece consists of breathtaking volute like collar panels displaying arrays of pavé set chaton, vertical baguette and graduated dentelle faceted chaton rhinestones. At center a bow is suspended via loops on each collar panel. Bound at center with an arc of baguette rhinestones, the pave rhinestone set bow terminates in ribbon trails.
The necklace is fixed approximate 14 inches with fold over clasp. Decorative center panel spans about 5 inches. Widest collar portion is 1 inch; bow length 1 1/2 inches. Largest dentelle faceted chaton is 5 millimeters, chain stones, 3 millimeters. Weight of the necklace is approximately 46.8 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All component intact. All rhinestones, including the 16 tiny chatons that grace the clasp, intact, clear and brilliant. No dark, gray, yellow, cloudy or dead stones. Please keep in mind that the necklace was created some 70 years ago and it will not appear brand new. That said, it presents sensationally. No dents or improper bends to metal components. Rhodium plate intact, front and back. Fold over clasp strong and secure. Extremely clean. Excellent vintage.
Reverse includes all the appropriate marks: "PAT. PEND" on reverse of collar portion, as well as "BOUCHER" and "3315", the inventory number corresponding to the correct time period -- 1950-1951.
La joie de vivre. La belle époque. Recreated by Marcel Boucher. At Cody's.
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Marcel Boucher Rhinestone Collar Necklace Rhodium Plate Book Piece