A Beautiful Art Deco Platinum and Gem-Set Chinoiserie Style Plaque Brooch

AA beautiful Art Deco Chinoiserie plaque brooch by Mauboussin 1923, designed as a rectangular plaque of black onyx with concave ends framed with a row of single cut diamonds and depicting a vase of ornate stylised floral branches in turquoise and diamonds, each branch with three drops of graduated diamonds hanging from it, all set in platinum to a single pin brooch fitting on the reverse. This beautiful decorate brooch celebrates the European fascination with the East and exoticism during the Art Deco period. The decorative style Chinoiserie had actually had its hey-day during the 18th century but experienced a revival during the 1920s and 30s. The name comes from ‘chinois’ the French for Chinese and this decorative style was inspired by art and design from Asian countries such as China and Japan. It is not about the accurate portrayal of images and motifs but rather the imagination and creative inspiration of craftsmen looking to celebrate what was perceived at the time as the little know and exotic Far East. This lovely brooch is a perfect example with its stylised and exaggerated flowering branches dripping with tendrils from scrolled flowers. Monochromatic jewels with just a touch of colour were very popular during the Deco period and suited the fashions well. This brooch could have just as easily been worn on a hat, coat, dress or scarf but wherever it was worn it is sure to have garnered admiring looks.

Further Details

Gemstones and Other Materials119 x single and brilliant cut diamonds estimated to weigh approximately 2.5cts
Condition ReportVery fine
SettingPlatinum with French assay marks, numbered and with partial workshop mark
Weight description9 grams
Dimensions4.5cm / 1.77" long, 1.5cm / 0.6" tall
PeriodArt Deco 1923

Literature & Exhibitions

Accompanied by a certificate of authentication from Mauboussin dating it to August 1923.


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Mauboussin’s story begins in 1827 when a gentleman called Mr Rocher established a jewellery workshop in the Rue Greneta in central Paris.

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