Collectable Jewellery

Large Vintage Butler & Wilson Rhinestone Crystal Swan Brooch

$122.25

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  • Details
    Larger than life Vintage Butler & Wilson Swan brooch pin in black and clear rhinestone crystals on a dark silver background setting with marcasite accents to the wings and head and neck of the swan, who has a single red crystal depicting the eye on his elegant head. The swan has wings open wide and the figural body peeks through in an S swirl in the middle with his head and neck gently curved over the top. Typical of Butler and Wilson, the brooch is huge measuring just under 4 3/4 inches in width x 1 3/4 inches at highest point.

    Marked B&W in a round cartouche on the back. The brooch pin is secured with a fully functional long pin and rollover clasp

    Sold in excellent vintage condition with its original stones and settings
    History

    From the very beginning the legendary English costume jewellers Butler & Wilson never did subtle. Wilson and his partner Nick Butler started life 40 years ago on an antique jewellery market stall in Antiquarius in London's King's Road. Three years later, they opened their famous shop on the Fulham Road and added their first original designs to their Art Deco Collection. By the end of the decade, the Butler & Wilson team had been asked to design the Christmas lights in Regent Street. In the next decade, they were commissioned to work with both Pirelli calendars and Georgio Armani; they established a foothold in Harrods and a shop on Sunset Boulevard in LA. When Buckingham Palace opened up to the scrutiny of the general public, Butler & Wilson were appointed to design a range of jewellery inspired by the palace's interiors. They also had a long-term fan in Princess Diana.
    Future historians of human adornment may puzzle over the 1970s vogue for fake diamanté spiders worn on ladies' black evening dresses. Students of fashion will wonder why bow-tied teddy bears in rhinestones began to adorn female lapels in the power-dressing 1980s. Psychologists of male purchasing patterns will speculate why so many comfortably-off men, on their wives' birthdays, instead of heading for Asprey and Tiffany's to purchase an 18-carat diamond, went instead to a shop in London's Fulham Road and picked out a pewter-crystal flamingo to adorn the memsahib's bosom...

    Why were these bits of jewellery so popular? Because they were gorgeous, and cute and witty, and lent a lustre of vivacity to ordinary people and ordinary clothes. All had an old-fashioned gaiety about them; they were throwbacks to the Jazz Age and the flapper decade, not just their Art-Deco designs but their love of paste diamonds and resplendent fakery for its own sake.

    A slightly shocking lurch down-market, saw Butler & Wisson linked up with the QVC shopping channel. It made them a fortune and saw the signature designs of their early days being joined by rhinestone Bambis and yet more animals and birds: raccoons, owls and butterflies. It all served to make these early classic pieces hard to find collectors pieces that are now hugely sought after and traded.
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