Quantity: 1 available
Item/Description: Vintage 1955-1971 Marcel Boucher “bird perched on a tree branch” brooch/pin with orange-red enameling, clear rhinestones and goldtone metal.
This beautiful ladies brooch is an exceptional example of Boucher’s most sought after jewelry design subjects - birds - with an exquisite three (3)-dimensional, layered design that gives the illusion of a bird in actual flight.
Its body is enameled in a striking hue of orange-red with gold accents. Its feathers and tail are a combination of the same vibrantly colored enameling, also offset with gold accents and breathtakingly gorgeous clear rhinestones that sparkle stunningly. Its eye is a single, clear glittering rhinestone. Its beak and feet are all gold, as is the tree limb upon which it sits.
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Age/Period: Vintage - definitively 1955-1971 (1950s-1970s), because the signature mark on this piece, ©Boucher inside of a cartouche, was used during that time period.
*Possibly pre-1960, according to the data on the following timeline dating reference chart (attribution goes to reference book(s) by Roberto Brunialti):
1945: 2300 - 2350
1946: 2351 - 2450
1947: 2451 - 2550
1948: 2551 - 2750
1949: 2751 - 3000
1950: 3001 - 4500
After 1955: Marks had the copyright © symbol.
1965: 9100 - pieces Sandra Boucher made after taking over the company following Marcel Boucher's death
***Later pieces also may have "P" for pin or "E" for earring, in addition to the number
1972: Sandra Boucher, Marcel's wife, ran the company until the company became a part of Davorn Industries this year
1977: Davorn sold the name & designs to Stutz Fashion
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Back side of brooch is stamped ©BOUCHER in caps (all capital letters) inside of a cartouche, and contains a 4-digit design inventory number followed by the letter “P” which indicates that this is a “Pin” that was part of a set (earring design numbers had an “E” at the end, and necklaces an “N”).
In addition to viewing the design inventory style numbers through a high-powered jeweler’s loupe several times we have also scrupulously researched the numbering system for dating these pieces, and as best we can ascertain the design inventory number for this particular piece is one of the following possible numerical combinations:
And though we are uncertain if the first number is a “1" OR a “7" AND if the last digit is a “3" OR a “5", we are leaning towards the numbering being either “7043P” OR “7045P”
Material(s)/Format: Gold-tone metal with orange-red enameling and clear rhinestones.
Size/Measurements: 2 5/8"W x 2 3/4"H
Quantity: One (1)
Condition Summary: Excellent vintage condition, retaining vivid coloration and exquisite sparkle to the rhinestones. There is no damage to any of the surface of the orange enameling, nor any darkening or discoloration to any of the gold metalware. The pin’s clasp mechanism closes smoothly and securely. It is MISSING only one (1) of its original clear rhinestones, with the missing stone being situated on the nether area of its tail feathers, just above the bottommost positioned rhinestone.
Excerpted Online Research Information about Marcel Boucher Jewelry (attributed to collectorsweekly.com/costume-jewelry/boucher): “Born in Paris, Marcel Boucher worked as a jewelry designer for Cartier, who brought him to the United States. In the 1930s, he took a job with Mazer Bros., where he worked until he founded his own company in 1937. Boucher made a name for himself creating bold, imaginative, enameled pieces that were individual works of art, with brooches shaped like fruits, animals, and human figures. In particular, collectors covet his fantasy bird pieces from the 1940s.
Boucher items, which are usually signed, can be roughly dated based on their inventory number and mark. In 1944, he changed the company name from Marcel Boucher Ltd. to Marcel Boucher & Cie. Early pieces may be marked “Marboux” or with his initials in a cartouche. “MB Sterling” was used between 1942 and 1944. Pieces made between 1944 and 1949 may be marked with a Phrygian cap above his initials. Later pieces are marked “Marcel Boucher” or “Boucher.” After 1955, the copyright symbol appears before his name. When Marcel Boucher died in 1965, his wife, Sandra, took over the company. In 1972, the company became a subsidiary of watchmaker Dovorn Industries.”
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Title: Boucher Bird Brooch/Pin Enameled Orange-Red + Clear Rhinestones + Goldtone Metal Vintage Costume Jewelry 1955-1971 Signed ©Boucher Cartouche USPS FIRST CLASS SHIPPING INCLUDED – DOMESTIC ORDERS ONLY!
Categories: Brooches, Pins,
lbs: 1.00 1 lbs
Seller ID: Boucher Bird Brooch Pin