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Auguste Bonaz Vintage Bakelite jewellery

Auguste Bonaz Vintage Bakelite jewellery

Kokoshnik inspired hair comb. Auguste Bonaz Vintage Bakelite jewellery

Auguste Bonaz Vintage Bakelite jewellery
Founded as a company for the production of jewelry for hair in 1910, French manufactory Bonaz belonged to the son of the founder Auguste Bonaz (1877-1922). He was very interested in making the company famous for unusual beads and brooches of galalite and chrome. His idea was successfully developed by heirs, and the firm existed until the early 1980s. Crests, brooches, pins for hats, and ornaments, as well as buttons of all directions – uncompromising art deco. Multicolored penguins, owls, carrots and other cheerful subjects along with the Japanese style or exquisite filigree.
Meanwhile, according to the fashion historian Alexander Vasiliev, in the “Russian” trend of world fashion between the two World Wars, the most popular element of the national costume was the kokoshnik, which “in 1919-1929 was part of the arsenal of women of fashion all over the world.” During this period, the form of a kokoshnik-crown as a wedding dress is affirmed in the West – even the future British Queen Maria Teckaya married in such a crown. Zhanna Lanven made a collection of “Russian” hats, and the Parisian house “Auguste Bonaz” in the early 1920’s made plastic kokoshniks.

Hair Comb by Auguste Bonaz 1920

Hair Comb by Auguste Bonaz 1920

A loving innovation French designer Auguste Bonaz worked in Bonaz Studios in France in 1920-1930’s. His ornaments are made of bakelite and galalite. In addition, they have simple lines, clear geometric shapes and fashionable color combinations typical of the Art Deco period. Besides, Bonaz ornaments are the rarest and most valuable among those made of Bakelite.

Undoubtedly, Bakelite jewelry is extremely popular all over the world. Particularly, the famous actress Whoopi Goldberg owns an extensive collection of such decorations. First, Whoopi began to wear these ornaments, but soon fell in love with them, so she organized the collection. Besides, she wears Bakelite every day, on various television shows and even at the Oscar award ceremony. Meanwhile, such celebrities as Barbara Streisand, Diane Keaton, Lily Tomlin and others prefer Bakelite decorations as well.

Auguste Bonaz Vintage Bakelite jewellery

sources of images:
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vk.com/bizu.expo, vk.com/a_jewel;
Judith Miller. Jewelry. Collector’s guide. 2004