A beautiful fantasy bird of paradise brooch. Brushed with 18k gold gilding. His tail feathers and head feathers are gilded, mixed with diamante and black enamel.
Measures approximately 3 1/2" inches by 1 1/2" inches. Sphinx manufactured this bird for Butler & Wilson however it is not marked. Very collectible vintage pin back numbered designer brooch in new condition. Founded in 1948, The Sphinx Company was a renowned British jewelry manufacturing company that produced well made, quality constructed, and beautifully designed costume jewelry that had the look of real jewelry.
In addition to a line of their own often whimsical and always elegant designs, they produced jewelry items from the 1940's through the 1990's for many creatively talented artists and high end department stores, in continental Europe as well as the United States. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Sphinx, like a multitude of other jewelry manufacturers coming of age during the industrial revolution, also imitated the designs of other esteemed jewelry artists. Mark: SPHINX in an oval cartouche with some having a LETTER AND NUMBER included or without the Sphinx name, having only a LETTER AND NUMBER in a cartouche.
Unsigned pieces were either for customers who wanted to sell pieces as their own, because work was produced in a rush to meet demand or because there wasn't space on the design. Pieces may have either numbers only or a letter and numbers. These were design serial numbers. The jewelry is now becoming highly collectible since Sphinx ceased operations in the late 1990's. The item "VINTAGE BIRD OF PARADISE BROOCH ELEGANT 18K GILD W BLACK ENAMEL CRYSTALS SPHINX" is in sale since Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Costume\Retro, Vintage 1930s-1980s\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "l-mae" and is located in Lebanon, Oregon.This item can be shipped worldwide.