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Star Dust dog brooch


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Medium or Technique

Plastic (phenolic resin), gold, metal

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This carved “Star Dust” brooch is laminated with red bakelite and features an apple juice bakelite dog with a brown leather collar suspended on a gold-tone metal chain. “Star Dust” refers to a product manufactured by the Catalin Corporation in 1935 which consists of particles of gold and/or silver suspended inside Prystal, a transparent phenolic resin.


Between about 1970s and 2018, acquired by Carole Tanenbaum, Toronto, Ontario [see note]; 2018, gift of Carole Tanenbaum to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 12, 2018)

NOTE: This is part of a large collection of costume jewelry given to the MFA in 2018, which had been built over about 40 years.

Credit Line

Gift of Carole Tanenbaum