The early Art Deco period was all about luxury, but then came The Crash and, as people entered the 1930s, they learned to take pleasure in simpler things. That's why the costume jewelry of that era features spirit-lifting designs like bluebirds, always symbolic of happiness.
Here's a perfect example of "Depression Deco" -- impossible to look at without smiling. The form is pure Deco sleek, without the Retro furbelows that arrived later in the decade, but it has the warmth of a yellow gold finish plus oodles of heavenly blue -- both sapphire rhinestones and sky blue enamel. There are also touches of white enamel on the feathers and red for the eyes, not to mention two wide arcs of diamond rhinestones on the wings. Condition is quite good, with only the minor wear you'd expect 75-year-old enamel and gilding to show under high magnification. This is a quality piece, heavier than you'd expect it to be. Size is 1 1/4" by 1 1/2" and provenance is a New York estate.
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