Vintage Florenza Leopard Figural Brooch Book Piece Articulated Tail
Vintage Florenza Leopard Figural Brooch Book Piece Articulated Tail is featured on was also made by Kramer and is featured on page 156 of Judith Miller's book, "Costume Jewelry".
This gorgeous vintage 1950's Florenza leopard has a whimsical articulated tail that swings all the way around and is wonderfully dimensional. This feline figural has luminous green rhinestone eyes and his back is covered with blanket of sparkling pave set rhinestones.
Designer Daniel Kasoff (original name Kosovsky) worked for Speier Costume Jewelry Company for 10 years before starting his own Dan Kosoff Company NY in 1937. The name "Florenza" came from Dan Kosoff's wife "Florence". His son Larry entered into the business in 1950 when the company started making Florenza jewelry. The jewelry lines produced encompasses high quality workmanship, materials and designs. Some jewelry produced leans towards the Victorian and Regency styles. The metalwork, frequently in antiqued gold-tone metal is ornamented by distinct and superior rhinestones of pastel, frosted, and aurora borealis colors. Florenza jewelry has innovative use of beautiful rhinestones that makes its jewelry sought after by collectors. Mark: "Florenza" in script, "Florenza with a copyright symbol". The company also made boutique items such as ring boxes, pin cushions animals, lipstick holders, frames in a French gold color to name a few. The company ceased operations in 1981.
Mint condition and without issues, the gold plated finish, stones, and pin and clasp are all perfect in every way. Measures 2" tall and 2" wide and backside of brooch is signed Florenza.
This jewelry comes from a dear friend and a truly exceptional lady. While having an antique shop, she has collected these signed and unsigned fine designer pieces for the last 40 years and has an incredibly discerning eye for quality as well as uniqueness. The extensive nature of her collection has meant that she has not worn most pieces more than once.
It is my distinct pleasure that she has chosen to pass her collection on to me. I am in the process of acquiring her complete collection and know that I will be keeping some special pieces for myself. I will also be offering some for sale and please know that with each piece comes a wonderful legacy of a very special lady that makes this jewelry all the more special.
Her collection includes some of the most desirable designers; Boucher, Carnegie, Ciner, DeLizza and Elster (aka Juliana), Eisenberg, Haskell, Hobe, Lane, Philippe for Trifari, Schreiner, Schiaparelli, Vendome, and Weiss as well as Coro, Coventry, Kramer, Krementz, Lisner, and Trifari.
Numerous pieces are book pieces and many had matching pieces so many demi-parures are available. I acquired so much of this jewelry that I will be working on offering it in the store for years to come.
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Vintage Origin Details
Leopard, Jaguar Figural
Country of Origin
Gold Plated, Rhinestones