Posted 2 months ago
You all remember my Coral Pegasus made by KJL? The one that was given to Bettina Von Walhof by Mr. Lane and she was kind enough to part with it?
Imagine my surprise when I found out she had another one! This beauty has a jet black body and is identical to my coral brooch, with encrusted pave set wings and tail. Being over 2 inches in length, these brooches are very heavy. If you look closely you can see how thick the gold setting is. I have seen this piece in jade green, white with gold rs on the wings, but these were not for sale, they were in other collections. These are nearly impossible to find, as once they are in someone’s collection, that is where they stay! Yay for me that I now have two with wonderful provenance!
I remembered Mary’s suggestion to write down where these two wonderful KJL’s came from, as they never saw a store. They went from the man himself to Bettina to me! So I asked her if she would mind writing me a small note as to their provenance! She was more than happy to do so! She wrote it on an article about her. See, she is a jewelry designer too, with a wonderful family history, who were performers in the circus all over Europe. She “had a way with animals”, and starred with Johnny Weismuller in the original TARZAN movies, was on Ed Sullivan and Wild Kingdom! She designs gorgeous animal, and holiday themed brooches, along with her Daughter, Michelle! They also design “one of a kinds!” I feel honored that I have not one but two brooches given to her by Mr. Lane!