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c1950 Sterling Silver Enamel Marcasite Butterfly Brooch
  • c1950 Sterling Silver Enamel Marcasite Butterfly Brooch
  • c1950 Sterling Silver Enamel Marcasite Butterfly Brooch
  • c1950 Sterling Silver Enamel Marcasite Butterfly Brooch
  • c1950 Sterling Silver Enamel Marcasite Butterfly Brooch

c1950 Sterling Silver Enamel Marcasite Butterfly Brooch

Price:

£260.00


Product Description

A beautiful and highly sought Art Nouveau style Sterling silver Butterfly Brooch, decorated in coloured enamels and highlighted in Marcasites.

The enamelling is very fine with realistic blending of the colours. The work is typical of the style produced by Alice Caviness, the New York jewellery designer from the 1940s onwards. He jewellery is known for the imaginative designs and the high quality of her materials and were sold in exclusive, high end shops and boutiques. In addition to pieces being produced in her own factory, Caviness also imported and commissioned some designs. Pieces from Germany were often made of sterling silver or gold over silver. Given that this piece is of a higher than average quality for Alice Caviness, it is probable that it is an early design from Germany. It has been stamped twice with STERLING, although someone has subsequently tried to clean the cartouche mark with a sharp edge and partially erased it. Testing confirms that it is 925 (sterling) silver. The suspension pin has a safety catch, but the brooch also has a small safety chain. Condition is extremely good.

Size: 5.7 x 5 cm (2 2/8 x 2 inches)
Weight: 16 g

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