This very rare avant-garde dress clip is attributed to Countess CIS, aka Countess Cissy Zoltowska. It is one of her earlier pieces constructed with the tentacle arms reaching out on either side of the three rows of very French curved invisible set emerald cut red glass stones in the center, the middle row being placed higher than the ones of either side. Each of the gold plated wired ‘arms’ terminate in white paste jewel each set with four tiny prongs. It is exactly how she made her earlier pieces and very rare as I have never seen this exact design before.
It measures about 3” wide and 1 ¼” height when measured at the highest point. There is an early pointy clip to the reverse, upon opening in small letters is it stamped MADE IN FRANCE but it’s hard to read. In overall very good condition considering the age, there is some gold plate that’s rubbed on in places on the reverse, but all of the original stones are intact. It has the appearance of an unusual Deco jewel, but it is actually early 1950s.