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Mauboussin Gold and Sapphire Butterfly Brooch


Designed in a free and exuberant hand, this highly three-dimensional gold butterfly brooch by Mauboussin has airy, fretwork wings, scattered with blue sapphires and colorless diamonds. Pin this delightfully airy French Art Deco brooch to the strap of a gown, or wear in the hair, for a touch of sparkling 1940s glamour.

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Item #: BO-17020
Artist: Mauboussin, Paris
Country: France
Circa: 1940s
Size: 2” length, 2.125” width
Materials: 34 Round-cut sapphires (approximate total weight 2.00 carats): 54 Old European-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.35 carats); 18K Gold; Platinum
Signed: “Mauboussin Paris 468” with French control and maker's marks

During the 1940s, René Sim Lecaze, formerly co-head of design at Van Cleef & Arpels, was enticed to join Mauboussin, who published his distinctive sketches of these jeweled butterflies among flowers as their house advertisements.