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Lea Stein Style Cat Brooch Pin Vintage c1960

Midas Antiques


In the style of the 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.
The pin is not marked as one would expect it to be, good secure clasp and pin. In great condition please see the pictures.
Size 6.6 x 4.0 cm or 2.5 x 1.6 inches.
Weight 5.2 grams or 3.3 penny weight.