Angular Art Deco was transitioning to Machine Age Moderne in the late '30s and early '40s. Designs began featuring an exuberant, energetic flow. Hard edges were merging with voluminous volutes. Massive settings showcased myriad faux stones and glass cabochons. During the War years, sterling silver was the metal of necessity. Floral and foliage motifs were a favorite.
Such is the case with our textbook example of Moderne mania at it's height. Substantial, sleek and sumptuous, the sterling spray bouquet features a bow tied arrangement of a single furled leaf with five curled tendrils. Each culminates with a rectangular, scissor / step cut, large tabled faux amethyst. The purple glass stones are heavily pronged, unfoiled and open backed, allowing maximum light and color dispersion.
The brooch measures an impressive approximate 3 3/4 inches x 2 3/4 inches at it's widest point with a 1/2 inch profile. Glass stones are about 18 millimeters x 13 millimeters. Weight of the brooch is approximately 28 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All glass stones free from chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. Prongs / settings secure. Great, consistent amethyst color. All soldering secure. No weak or over manipulated stems. Sterling silver has not been polished or abrasively cleaned. Some patina. Minor handling wear. Pin mechanism secure. Clean. No damage / no repairs.
Reverse of brooch is signed within a rectangular cartouche: "STERLING". Design, materials, workmanship and overall presentation strongly suggest a 1940s vintage.
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