Jean Painlevé 1930s Seahorse Design Vintage Dress Clip


    Featuring an unusual and evocative design, this dress clip dates from the 1930s and was created in France by Jean Painlevé.

    Condition Report:

    Very Good - Some surface scratching to the metal and black plastic. This does not detract from the overall appeal of the piece. 


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    The Details...

    This dress clip is constructed from brassl. It features a scroll design at one end, detailed with a black plastic tube. There is also a black plastic panel at the centre of the dress clip, detailed with a gilt metal seahorse design. The dress clip measures 4.5cm x 3.5cm.

    A Short History...

    Fascinatingly, Jean Painlevé was not a costume jewellery creator, but a French avant-garde filmmaker. He was widely celebrated for his films on marine life, particularly 'L'Hippocampe' (The Seahorse), which prompted the creation of a range of jewellery and fabrics in 1936 inspired by his work. This dress clip is from this famous Painlevé collection of jewels.

    Wear it With...

    This dress clip would look chic worn attached to the top of a buttoned up denim or white shirt.

    Product Details


    Data sheet

    Art Deco
    Cocktail and Evening
    Inspired by Nature

    The jewellery within the Gemma Redmond Vintage collection has survived to this day because it has been well cared for throughout its lifetime. It is important to continue to care for the jewellery that you buy from us to ensure its continued preservation. Here are some suggestions:

    - Be sure to store your jewellery within the boxes that we provide to ensure that it is protected. This is especially important when travelling with your pieces.

    - Try not to get perfume or hairspray on your items. These liquids can damage the materials that our jewellery is made from.

    - Try not to drop your jewellery or catch your jewellery against hard surfaces. If this happens over time, the findings and fixings can loosen and wear.

    - Try not to get your jewellery wet. Some costume jewellery manufacturers utilised water soluble glue in the making of their pieces. Getting your jewellery wet could cause rhinestones and other details to fall away over time.

    - If you wish to clean your jewellery, use a soft polishing cloth or a soft brush.