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René Boivin

circa 1948
Magnificent 'Feuille de Platane' gold and diamond clip brooch.

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A gold and diamond 'Feuille de Platane' clip brooch by Rene Boivin, c.1948, the brooch designed as a stylised plane tree leaf with five fronds, set with a central pear shape cape diamond and then throughout with old European and brilliant-cut diamonds with baguette diamond details, all mounted in 18ct yellow gold.
  • OriginParis, France
  • Gemstones and Other MaterialsCentral pear-shape cape diamond 3.70cts Brilliant-cut diamonds 12.66cts Baguette diamonds 2.10cts
  • Condition ReportExcellent
  • ProvenanceBought from Boivin on 29/09/1948 by Madame Madiro
  • Setting18ct yellow gold and platinum with French assay marks and maker's mark for Davière
  • Weight description27.70gms.
  • Dimensions59mm x 59mm
Directors notes
This brooch was designed by Juliette Moutard who worked for the Maison Boivin for almost forty years until her retirement in 1970. She was a professionally trained designer and draughtswoman who had studied at the Institute of Decorative Arts and the School of Jewellery in the Rue de Louvre. Madame Boivin is known to have brought armfuls of leaves back to the studio from her country walks and encouraged Juliette to use them as inspiration for her designs. The late 1930's and early 1940's in particular saw a wide variety of jewels drawn from flora and foliage, crafted in both yellow gold and platinum and set with an array of different gems.
Literature & exhibitions
Two very similar examples, probably based on the same design, can be found in 'Rene Boivin: Jeweller' by Francois Cailles, pp.241 and 242. Both these examples date from the late 1930's.

Please see attachments for details of the original Boivin receipt accompanied by hand drawn sketches from the René Boivin archives

Boivin, Rene

The French firm of Boivin was founded in 1890 by Monsieur Jules René Boivin (1864-1917), however the fact that the name is so well known today and the jewellery so collectible, is largely due to a team of exceptional women, headed by his wife Jeanne.  

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