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Under The Sea  - Vintage Marcel Boucher Gold Tone Pink Sapphire Glass Brutalist Sea Anemone Starburst Brooch.  This wonderful brooch is crafted from a gold toned metal, signed Boucher and numbered 9681P.  The unique brooch consists of coral branches set with a beautiful brutalist sea anemone, which displays a beautiful sapphire pink colour. The piece is notable for its organic design and the reflective quality of the faceted glass. The glass inlay is molded to resemble raw crystal.  The Vintage Boucher brooch is a scarce example, and highly collectible.

History: Marcel Boucher was one of the most talented designers and manufacturers of American costume jewelry in the 20th century. His jewelry was notable from the very beginning due to the excellent design and high-quality materials. It was commonly mistaken for precious jewelry. 

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 for 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.      

Measurements: Brooch 43.00 mm x 35.00 mm                                                        

Stone Size: Crystal 14.00 mm x 12.00 mm                                                                      

Weight: 14.60 grams                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Condition: Excellent                                                        

Origin: America, New York                                                                                       

Date: 1960s

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