A DIAMOND AND PLATINUM BROOCH
A DIAMOND AND PLATINUM BROOCH

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A DIAMOND AND PLATINUM BROOCH
Designed as an articulated cluster of old mine, old European and single-cut diamond scrolling leaves, to the single-cut diamond stem, mounted in platinum, circa 1940
Likely by Paul Flato
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Paul Edmond Flato (1900-1999) was a jewelry designer with a sharp eye for style, a sense of humor and a fascinating life story. Born in Shiner, Texas and raised in a family with deep roots in Southeastern Texas, Flato moved to New York City at the height of the Roaring Twenties. With a charismatic personality and a keen sense of style, he became famous for his whimsical designs in gold and precious gems. Within a few years, Flato had boutique stores in Los Angeles and New York and a clientele which included Katherine Hepburn and Greta Garbo and fashion icons such as Millicent Rogers and Elsa Schiaparelli.

Although unsigned, the diamond and platinum brooch offered here is an exemplar of Flato's signature style: multi-dimensional, charming and distinctive. Each sculpted leaf is individually articulated, creating a dynamic and elegant visual effect.

For an illustration of a similar brooch featured in a Vogue advertisement from 1940, please see: Elizabeth Irvine Bray, Paul Flato: Jeweler to the Stars, Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2010, page 45

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For a 1940 Vogue advertisement featuring a similar brooch, please see Elizabeth Irvine Bray, Paul Flato: Jeweler to the Stars, Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2010, page 45

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