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Jean Painleve vintage costume jewelry

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Jean Painleve vintage costume jewelry

Gryphon brooch. Galalith, brass. 1930s. Jean Painleve vintage costume jewelry

Jean Painleve vintage costume jewelry
French scientist, son of the Prime Minister of France, Parisian anarchist and founder of scientific documentary films, Jean Painlevé (1902-1989) was also a jewelry designer. As they say, a talented person is talented in everything. Founder of the Institute for Scientific Cinema (1930), after the Second World War he became President of the French Federation of Film Clubs.
Noteworthy, during 1930-40s he became interested in jewelry design and even launched a series of jewelry. Made with exquisite design and high quality workmanship, his wearable art pieces were sold in expensive boutiques and department stores. And in 1936, together with his partner Geneviève Hamon, he opened his own jewelry boutique at rue de Braque in Paris.
He viewed nature as an eternal poetry, and the greatest inspiration for his creativity. Fascinated by marine life, he directed such films as Killers in Freshwater (1947), Sea Ballerinas (1956), and The Love Life of an Octopus (1967). Accordingly, the design of his jewelry often includes sea creatures, and most often it is a seahorse. Even more, he often marked his jewelry pieces with “JHP” (Jean Hippocampe Painlevé), and hippocampe means seahorse. According to belief, his jewelry was the first ever example of film merchandising. Traditionally, the craftsman used brass and galalith of various colors. Painlevé vintage jewelry is hard to find and highly collectible.

Seahorse brooch. Galalith, brass. 3 cm. 1930s

Seahorse brooch. Galalith, brass. 3 cm. 1930s

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Jean Painleve vintage costume jewelry

Amber color galalith seahorse design gold tone clip brooch. 1930s

Amber color galalith seahorse design gold tone clip brooch. 1930s

Art Deco bracelet for Mary Marquet. Gold tone, galalith

Art Deco bracelet for Mary Marquet. Gold tone, galalith

Black galalith brass seahorse bracelet and earrings. 1930s

Black galalith brass seahorse bracelet, pendant and earrings. 1930s

Cuff Bangle with seahorse design. Brass, green galalith. 1930s

Cuff Bangle with seahorse design. Brass, green galalith. 1930s

Gold tone seahorse on galalith design bracelet. 1930s

Gold tone seahorse on galalith design bracelet. 1930s

Pink galalith Gryphon triple cameo brooch. 1940s

Pink galalith Gryphon triple cameo brooch. 1940s

Salamander brooch. Metal alloy of gold tone, galalith

Salamander brooch. Metal alloy of gold tone, galalith

signed Mary Marquet

signed Mary Marquet

Vintage set of seahorse design brooch and bracelet. Brass, galalith. 1930s

Vintage set of seahorse design brooch and bracelet. Brass, galalith. 1930s

Made in France signed

Made in France

JHP signature

JHP signature