|Condition Report||Very fine|
|Setting||18ct yellow gold and platinum with French assay marks|
|Weight description||38 grams|
|Dimensions||Bangle 17cm/ 6.7" inner circumference |
1.8cm/ 0.7" wide
|Gemstones||2 x small cream bouton pearls 3.1-2mm|
Japonisme is a term used to describe the fascination with and influence of Japanese art that occurred throughout Europe and beyond during the second half of the 19th Century. When the Japanese ports re-opened to Western trade in 1854 after more than 200 years, there followed an influx of Japanese arts and crafts such as fans, silks, prints, kimonos and objets d’art. The aesthetic and philosophies of Japanese design became highly fashionable and influenced many different creative art forms from painting and furniture to jewellery. Many Western artists and designers were inspired by the perceived exoticism of the East and incorporated elements of the style into their own work, sometimes subtly and other times overtly. Jewellers such as Tiffany & Co., Falize and Cartier all celebrated Japanese design in their jewellery of this period and beautiful pieces, such as this gold bangle, serve to remind us of this important stylistic period in art and jewellery history.