Blurring the lines between fine and faux, Marcel Boucher produced costume with the same finesse and flair as if they were jewels from Cartier in Paris. Boucher apprenticed at the famous French House, transferring to it's NYC branch in the early 1920s. He opened his own shop in the 1930s, becoming one of the most revered names in high fashion jewelry.
The earrings presented, circa 1951-1954, mirror the intricacies of the "real" jewelry of the time. Wonderfully graceful flower baskets / jardinieres paved with tiny clear chaton rhinestone are filled with various sized baguette rhinestones. A trio of sprays / rods fan out at center of each, tipped with brilliant baguettes. The clip earrings are richly plated in platinum toned rhodium. Signature Boucher work.
The earrings measure approximately 1 inch x 1 inch with a 3/8 inch maximum profile or height. Largest baguettes are about 6 millimeters x 3 millimeters; largest accent chatons, 2 millimeters. Weight of the earrings pair is 12.7 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. All rhinestones intact and brilliant. No dark or dead stones. No dents or improper bends to metal components. All spray rods aligned and straight. All soldering neat and secure. All rhodium plate intact, fronts and backs. Short paddle earring clips strong and secure. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
Even before the flip the earrings are signature Boucher. Reverse of one earring displays the Phrygian Cap stamp. This mark was very difficult to photograph. These Cap stamps were often very light and can be difficult to discern. It is definitely apparent. The other earring's reverse is stamped with the inventory number -- in this case "52??" -- the last two digits, questionable. In any case, from Boucher's 5200 series, dating these to circa 1951-1954.
Marcel Boucher. From Cartier to Costume. Making fine faux. At Cody's.
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