Francisco Rebajes aka Frank Rebajes, along with Jerry Fels of Renoir / Matisse are two of the most recognized and respected names in copper art jewelry. They began their work on opposite coasts of the United States, Rebajes in New York and Fels in California. Each is remembered for his groundbreaking techniques in creating copper jewelry, sometimes incorporating enamel, aluminum, and silver in to the mix. Rebajes is perhaps the more bohemian of the two -- plying is trade from the "ground up", experimenting with the latest artistic movements in characteristic unconventional styles.
Presented is Rebajes' anodized copper leaf and scroll plaque brooch, circa 1950s. An example of this brooch can be seen on page 15 of Burkholz and Kaplan's book "Copper A Different Lustre". The organic themed rectangular brooch is comprised of crimped edges framing two applied (riveted) striated leaves with coiled or scrolled stems. The leaves are surrounded by a dramatic anodized (shaded) finish.
The brooch measures about 2 5/8 inches x 2 1/8 inches with a 3/16 inch maximum profile or thickness. Weight of the plaque pin is about 28 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. Copper and anodized finishes intact. No polishing has been done, preserving age appropriate patina. Tiny age commensurate surface imperfections. No dents or improper bends. Leaves securely riveted. Pin mechanism solder secure. Pin shaft has slight bend not affecting function. Clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
Reverse of brooch is signed in signature mixed case block letters: "REbajEs". The matching bracelet and earrings are listed separately. They have an anodized copper finish that is darker than the brooch's.
Discover the dawn of copper art jewelry through the eyes of Rebajes. A different lustre, indeed. At Cody's.
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