‘Sunset in Paradise’ is a beautiful late Art Deco butterfly wing brooch or pendant.
This piece features in its centre a beach scene using the wing of the blue morpho butterfly from South America. It dates from around 1930 and has a gold tone setting with an ornate border.
The casing is an oval shape and measures approx. 3cm long. The piece is in good condition with a tiny patch of discolouration to the reverse side. On the back of the piece is a safety clasp and a loop so it can be worn as either a brooch or a necklace.
The piece is named ‘sunset in paradise’ as the picture depicts a lovely beach scene of sand and grass where two trees are silhouetted against the deep clue of the sky and sea. This picture has been created using a reverse painting technique first used by Thomas Mott, the maker who made the blue morpho butterfly jewellery famous.
The piece is made by Thomas L Mott and the familiar maker’s mark appears on the reverse with the words ‘Made in England’. This is an unusual and rare piece as most of TLM’s pieces were cased in a silver setting.
The morpho butterfly wings were specifically chosen last century because of their beauty and the way they catch the light. The way the tiny scales catch and reflect the light is remarkable.
A gorgeous brooch or pendant.