Art Nouveau circa 1890

A Beautiful Gold, Platinum and Pearl Japonisme Style Bangle

A beautiful gold and platinum Art Nouveau bangle in the Japonisme style c.1890, the bangle in 18ct gold with rounded profile and textured hammered finish, applied to the front with a decorative flora and fauna pattern in yellow gold, rose gold and platinum, including flower stems, a bee, seeds and a branch of chrysanthemum flowers which are set to the centre with little cream pearls, the bangle with hinged opening to one side with a concealed tongue and box clasp and safety chain.

Further Details

Condition ReportVery fine
Setting18ct yellow gold and platinum with French assay marks
Weight description38 grams
DimensionsBangle 17cm/ 6.7" inner circumference
1.8cm/ 0.7" wide
Gemstones2 x small cream bouton pearls 3.1-2mm

Directors Notes

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.


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