We have several similar Chinese items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Dylan L.
Age Circa: Art Deco C. Markings: Unmarked , Tested, and Guaranteed.Country of Origin: China - French Indochina. Gram Weight: 56.4 Grams. Item Measurements: The bracelet has a wearable length of about 7.75" long including the wrist gap, with a width of 0.98" wide. The smaller wrist gap measures 1.08" wide, and the larger wrist gap measures 2.41" wide. Closure/Clasp Type: This bracelet is meant to be worn over the wrist through the gap. This lovely item was made in French Indochina during the Art Deco era. This lovely item features a detailed swirling dragon motif, which is common for French Indochina jewelry. This item would have been made using the repousse technique.
The repousse technique dates back as far as the 3rd century BC and involves hand hammering precious metals into beautiful and intricate patterns. There is a rope twist accent adorning the outside of the cuff of the bracelet, as well as applied spheres on the corners of the cuff. This item is fairly tarnished in the low relief areas, which is to be expected of an item this age, and adds to the character of the item. The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only.
The Art Deco era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" era. A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period. Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940.
Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specifically cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would often take weeks to months to completely craft by hand. Chinese export jewelry became popular during the late Victorian period and persisted until the 1960s. During this period, Chinese craftsmen were considered by far the best in the world. The rich and wealthy would custom-order a piece through their local jeweler, who would send the design off to China to be made and sent back to Europe.
This lengthy process was very expensive, making Chinese export pieces highly desirable, then and now. French Indochina was a grouping of French colonial territories in Southeast Asia. It was formed on October 17, 1887, following the French victory over China in the Sino-French War, and was disbanded in 1954. Jewelry made in this federation between 1887 and 1950 was typically of French Art Nouveau and Art Deco design, but relied heavily upon regional Indochinese style elements, creating unique pieces that blended the aesthetics of Europe with the cultural symbolism of Southeast Asia.
Repoussé began as an ancient metalworking technique dating as far back as the 3rd century BC, involving malleable metal that was hammered onto the reverse side to create an image on the front. Examples are found all over the world; Greece, Egypt, and even the Hopewell periods in the American southeast. Reverse side hammering was also used to add detail to the front, creating intricate patterns using grooves, indentations, and channeling.
The piece was then carefully polished to create a hollow, eye-catching treasure. The item "Antique Vintage Deco Sterling Silver Chinese French Indochina HUGE Cuff Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, June 16, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Bracelets". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.