Italy, circa 1960
Stamped on plaque: ‘MODELE' / 'FC' / 'DEPOSE' / '750/18K' / 'MADE IN ITALY’ / Italian assay mark
2 oval green chalcedony cabochons measuring 4.6 x 3.3 mm
36 single cut diamonds ranging 0.01 - 0.04 ct. each, estimated total weight: 0.72 ct.
Red and black enamel
Dimensions: 1 x 3 x 1 ¾ in. (2.5 x 7.6 x 4.4 cm)
Total weight: 37.7 dwt, 58.6 g
This fanciful lion brooch in eighteen karat gold and red enamel with a variety of techniques typifies Pierino Frascarolo's work produced during the 1960s. The red translucent enamel is set over planished gold, which makes the leaping lion incredibly vibrant. Its face is composed of thirty six single cut diamonds located in the ears and mouth, ranging in size from 0.01 to 0.04 carats each with an estimated total weight of 0.72 carats. Two collet set oval green chalcedony cabochons, measuring 4.6 x 3.3 millimeters, construct the eyes while jet black enamel comprises the nose. This is a fantastic example of jewelry produced in an era known for expert craftmanship paired with whimsical design. In good condition with the double pronged pin stem in working order and wear commensurate with age. Please note a chip to the enamel at the top left.
Milanese jeweler Pierino Frascarolo was born in 1928, beginning his career serving as an apprentice with the Fratelli Lunati company. Thereafter, along with partner Aldo Lenti, Frascarolo found his own jewelry firm, eventually moving it to Corso Matteotti, Brescia in 1948. Later in his career, Frascarolo parted ways with Lenti and formed Frascarolo & Co. in New York City with Adriano Gugliada. However, Frascarolo died in Valenza in 1976 at the young age of forty-eight. Today, Frascarolo is known and is still widely collected for his enamel and gold animals.