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Sandoz

circa 1928
A striking Art Deco gold, pierced jade, lapis-lazuli and enamel panel bracelet.
£45,000.00
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An Art Deco gold, jade, lapis lazuli and enamel bracelet by Gerard Sandoz, c.1928, the stylish bracelet composed of four jadeite jade discs, pierced and carved with a floral motif, alternating with waisted highly polished square gold plaques, each set to the centre with a prism of lapis lazuli, decorated with geometric black enamel edges and gently curved in profile, the articulating links of deeper yellow gold, all to a concealed tongue and box clasp with additional figure of eight safety catch.
Specifications
  • OriginParis, France
  • Gemstones and Other MaterialsJadeite jade and lapis lazuli
  • Condition ReportLight scratching to the gold commensurate with age and wear, light wear to two of the lapis pieces, otherwise in very fine condition.
  • ProvenanceExcitingly, this bracelet is not only accompanied by the original gouache design but also by a photograph of the piece authenticated and signed on the reverse by Gérard Sandoz on the 9th of June 1986. His full statement (translated from the French) reads
  • Setting18ct Yellow Gold, clearly signed Gérard Sandoz of Maison Gustave Sandoz, with French assay marks for 18ct gold and with the makers mark for Georges Lenfant.
  • Weight description65 grams
  • Dimensions18cm/7.2inches long x 2.5cm/1inch wide
Directors notes
Gérard Sandoz joined his grandfather's firm Maison Gustave Sandoz in 1920 and believed passionately in the emerging aesthetic of industrial modernism. He felt jewellery should be valued on its artistic merits rather than the intrinsic value of its materials. Characterised by bold lines, contrasting shapes and strong colour combinations, his jewellery is as strikingly modern looking today as it was then making it highly sought after, very collectable and endlessly wearable.
Literature & exhibitions
Bracelets of similar design with articulated links of polished metal and carved gemstone plaques are illustrated in Art Deco Jewelry edited by Évelyne Possémé, page 191.
A similar bracelet of gold, jade and carved lapis-lazuli featured as lot 384 in Sotheby's New York Magnificent Jewels sale in April 2014.

Sandoz, Gustave

The Maison Gustave Sanzdoz was a family affair led by three successive generations all of whom were prominent and active members of the jewellery profession in their own times. It was founded in 1861 by Gustave Sandoz (1836-1891) who was descended from a long line of clockmakers and he continued in this tradition whilst simultaneously branching...

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