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Red Cat Brooch - Lea Stein Gomina Cat Pin (SOLD)

Here we have a gorgeous Gomina the Cat pin from Lea Stein of Paris. This design is also known as the sleeping cat and this particular example shows why - our cat is peeping out from behind her curled tail! Any cat-lover will know this look, it is as if pussy is just awake and watching you.  This new brooch is in a bright ' tomato' or orangey red colour but with the bonus of being a chequered and pearlised laminate so the brooch has hidden shine and detail, a little bit like the effect of natural mother-of-pearl.  The use of contrasting black inlays for the pointed ears and the almond-shaped eyes adds real character to this lovely cat brooch.  Some collectors of Lea Stein brooches love to see if the laminates on the reverse are interesting; this one is! We have a burgundy stripe which looks a little like a tweed material. This Cat brooch measures approximately 3 inches by 2 inches at its widest parts and has the traditional Lea Stein pin back with a roll-over type fastener.  The piece is signed - 'Lea Stein, Paris'. This is a contemporary design from Lea Stein who is famed for her jewellery, particularly her animal designs which have featured cats, foxes, dogs, birds and many other things over her history. 

Now for that history - 

LEA STEIN  was born in Paris in 1931 and worked as a dress designer. She began making her now famous Jewellery when her  husband, Fernand Steinberger, ( a Plastics Chemist ) discovered a process of laminating cellulose acetate to create a unique range of colours & patterns.
Buttons for her frocks were their first products; followed by brooches, bangles and earrings. The factory was forced to close in the 1980’s but has since re-opened much to the relief of costume jewellery collectors and Lea Stein fans. Lea Stein loves to produce designs based on animals and flowers. Now she is quite an elderly lady but still introduces a couple of new designs each year.
Each brooch has the trademark ‘V’ shaped pin on the back and is signed: ‘LEA STEIN PARIS’. The manufacturing process used means that no two pieces are exactly alike. The fabulous designs, the ease of wearing and their quirky appeal are just some of the reasons why they are so collected around the world today.


Designer or Brand: Lea Stein, Paris

Condition: Excellent - New

Decade: Current

Era: Contemporary Retro

Type: Brooch

Material: Plastic Laminate Rhodoid

Subject: Animals - Cats

Colours: Red and Black

Red Cat Brooch - Lea Stein Gomina Cat Pin (SOLD)
Red Cat Brooch - Lea Stein Gomina Cat Pin (SOLD) Red Cat Brooch - Lea Stein Gomina Cat Pin (SOLD) Red Cat Brooch - Lea Stein Gomina Cat Pin (SOLD) Red Cat Brooch - Lea Stein Gomina Cat Pin (SOLD)

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