Lea Stein Paris Marked Cat Brooch Pin Vintage c1960
A wonderful and iconic early celluloid plastic brooch by the esteemed French artist Lea Stein. Stein entered the fashion industry in 1957 working in textiles, and by 1965 had developed an interest in plastic. She worked with her husband, chemist Fernand Steinberger, to develop a process of layering very thin sheets of cellulose acetate and laminating them to form a "multi-coloured sandwich of plastic". Each 'sandwich' was baked for a long time, then cooled and cut into shapes. The process could take as long as six months. This technique allowed her to insert different fabrics such as brocades, lace, colors and textures into the plastic.
Signed Lea Stein Paris on the pin, good secure clasp and pin. In great condition please see the pictures.
Size 7.4 x 4.8 cm or 2.9 x 1.9 inches.
Weight 10.9 grams or 7.0 penny weight.