Aesthetic Movement Mourning Bracelet

$950.00
About Details History

Two motifs on this c. 1900 rose gold bracelet are trademarks of the Aesthetic Movement. One, the bird - natural and organic themes ruled during the period. Two: the stylized bamboo and fans, which was known as "japonisme". Bangles like these, being hollow, often suffered dings and dents over the years, but this one is in pretty good shape for it's age. Oscar Wilde, arguably the most famous aesthete, would most likely agree, but maybe not - he was known for being kind of a bitch. 

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  • Materials: 10k rose gold, enamel
  • Age: c. 1900 
  • Condition: very good
  • Size: Front surface with enamel detail is .49 inches, overall length when laying flat is 2.8 by 2.4 inches, and thickness of the (hollow) band is 3 mm.
  • Location: To see this bracelet in person, please visit our Boerum Hill, Brooklyn shop. 

 

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ART NOUVEAU (1890-1910) Art Nouveau gets its name from the Maison de l’art Nouveau, a French art gallery that supported artists and designers working in the new fluid, sensual style. Leading jewelers put more emphasis on the purity and beauty of the design, and less on how it functioned as a product. The female nude and her flowing hair appeared frequently, alongside dreamy, romantic semiprecious stones like moonstone, opal, aquamarine, tourmaline, and peridot. Art Nouveau jewelers, often influenced by depictions of nature in Japanese art, looked to the natural world for inspiration. Orchids, irises, lilies, ferns, snakes, dragonflies, and butterflies were all prevalent motifs. Exquisite enamel work and simpler gem cuts like the the rounded cabochon were favored. The organic shapes of freshwater pearls, shells, coral branches, and turquoise in matrix were admired for their roughness.
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About Details History

Two motifs on this c. 1900 rose gold bracelet are trademarks of the Aesthetic Movement. One, the bird - natural and organic themes ruled during the period. Two: the stylized bamboo and fans, which was known as "japonisme". Bangles like these, being hollow, often suffered dings and dents over the years, but this one is in pretty good shape for it's age. Oscar Wilde, arguably the most famous aesthete, would most likely agree, but maybe not - he was known for being kind of a bitch. 

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  • Materials: 10k rose gold, enamel
  • Age: c. 1900 
  • Condition: very good
  • Size: Front surface with enamel detail is .49 inches, overall length when laying flat is 2.8 by 2.4 inches, and thickness of the (hollow) band is 3 mm.
  • Location: To see this bracelet in person, please visit our Boerum Hill, Brooklyn shop. 

 

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ART NOUVEAU (1890-1910) Art Nouveau gets its name from the Maison de l’art Nouveau, a French art gallery that supported artists and designers working in the new fluid, sensual style. Leading jewelers put more emphasis on the purity and beauty of the design, and less on how it functioned as a product. The female nude and her flowing hair appeared frequently, alongside dreamy, romantic semiprecious stones like moonstone, opal, aquamarine, tourmaline, and peridot. Art Nouveau jewelers, often influenced by depictions of nature in Japanese art, looked to the natural world for inspiration. Orchids, irises, lilies, ferns, snakes, dragonflies, and butterflies were all prevalent motifs. Exquisite enamel work and simpler gem cuts like the the rounded cabochon were favored. The organic shapes of freshwater pearls, shells, coral branches, and turquoise in matrix were admired for their roughness.
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