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circa 1905
A stunning Art Nouveau cloisonne enamel butterfly curved panel bracelet.

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A stunning Art Nouveau cloisonne enamel butterfly bracelet by Carreras, the bracelet designed as a series of four open panels each decorated with a flora and fauna design incorporating a different butterfly motif with cloisonné enamel detailing above a frosted glass ground and mounted in a rectangular yellow gold frame.
  • OriginBarcelona
  • Condition ReportScratching to the goldwork as commensurate with age and wear, minor scuffs and surface abrasions to the enamel in places but this is only easily visible with magnification, secure clasp, overall in very good condition and accompanied by the original fitte
  • SettingYellow gold with a plaque to the reverse signed 'de A. CARRERAS BARCELONA'
  • Weight description132.10gms.
  • DimensionsInternal circumference 19.00cm / 7½" Width 4.10cm / 1.60"
Directors notes
The Carreras were the oldest family of Spanish jewellers founded by Francesco d'Assis Carreras Duran (1797-1862) in Barcelona. The firm created splendid jewels for clients from across the Iberian Peninsula in a very traditional style. At the start of the 20th century, influenced by the House of Masriera, the workshop began to follow a more modernistic current in a style called ‘Modernisme’, Barcelona’s own version of Art Nouveau. In fact the two houses produced such similar works around this time that attribution can be very difficult. In 1915 Joaquim Carreras Nolla (1869-1948) along with Lluis Masriera moved to merge their two companies at huge mutual benefit. They moved to a new location in one of Barcelona’s finest streets. By 1924, the new company was trading under the name Masriera y Carreras, which is still in business to this day.
Literature & exhibitions
Exhibited: ‘Stadtluft: schmuck aus zentren der welt’ Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Germany, July-November 2015.
For more information on Carreras please refer to 'Dictionnaire International Bijou' p.108


Carreras was one of the oldest family jewellers and silversmiths in Spain, founded by Francesc d'Assis Carreras i Mata in Barcelona sometime around 1785.

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