Among the exhibitors at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in April 1900 was the jewelry firm of Léon Coulon et Cie, whose wares included “remarkable jewels and objects,” according to a jury reporter. He went on, “In terms of gem-set jewelry, let us mention a diamond-set plume in particular, a kind of marabou feather exquisitely carried out in aluminum, a metal little used to date; its lightness makes it a valuable material...” Our adapted pin is based on this elegant feather exhibited at the 1900 Paris fair, which is representative of many splendid examples of French turn-of-the-century jewelry in the Museum’s collection.
Rhodium overlay, with glass. Imported. 3 1/4''L x 1 1/2''W.