Marcel Boucher. The Cartier of costume jewelry. Indeed, Boucher apprenticed at the famous fine jeweler in Paris before moving to New York in 1925. Shortly thereafter he was hired by Mazer Brothers where his influence is prominently seen in designs imitating fine jewelry. In 1937 Boucher formed his own company Marcel Boucher et Cie. Examples of his earlier, arguably most appreciated work, can be seen in the Brunialtis' book "American Costume Jewelry".
The rhodium plated, pave rhinestone lily brooch presented is from Boucher's 1940s vintage floral collection. Brooches were done in flowers resembling columbines, cyclamens, bell flowers, lilies, roses and orchids. They are exquisitely crafted and paved in rhinestones -- this example in baguettes and tiny chatons. It measures approximately 3 inches x 2 1/4 inches with a 1/2 inch profile or height. Weight of the brooch is about 22 grams.
Condition is very good - excellent vintage. All components intact. All rhinestone intact. Although some of the rhinestones have age commensurate dimming, the brooch continues to sparkle brilliantly. No dents, improper bends, crush or collapse to metal. All rhodium plate intact. Pin mechanism strong and secure. Clean. No damage / no repairs. Very good to excellent vintage.
Reverse of the brooch is signed with a partial "MB" and Phrygian cap (on the stem near the hinge portion of the clasp). It is a definite Marcel Boucher piece. Early to mid 1940s vintage.
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