In China and exported to England during the Art Deco Period! This wide cuff is contoured to fit the natural shape of the wrist. The design on the cuff is in the style of French Indochina, with a gorgeous flower and vine motif that makes up the central design.
There is a long, continuous vine that runs through the center of the cuff, stretching from one end to the other atop a cut out lattice-work background design. There are organic flowers and leaves coming off the vine, which were made using the r. Epoussé technique, and accented with chased details.Framing the central floral pattern above, below, and at either end of the cuff are granulated bead style frames around tiny seashells. The little seashells have stamped details, and flawlessly combine the land and sea motif.
Ornate and detailed, this cuff is a stunning statement piece! Please take this into consideration before.Was made in the Art Deco Era. 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. 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 lasted until the 1960's. In a lot of ways, Chinese export jewelry fashioned what we know of jewelry today. During these periods, Chinese craftsmen, including jewelers and stone cutters, were considered by far the best in the world. The wealthy would have a piece custom ordered through their local jeweler. They drafted a design which was then sent to China to be crafted and sent back.
As you can imagine, this was not cheap, that being said, these pieces are very rare and few have survived until today. French Indochina was a grouping of French colonial territories in Southeast Asia.
It was formed on 17 October 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 metal-working technique, involving malleable silver first formed with a specially created three-dimensional mold and then further refined by hammering from the reverse side and adding detail to the front. The finished work was intricate, with grooves, indentation and channeling. It was then carefully polished as an eye-catching treasure.
The chasing technique is a very difficult silversmith process when the artist uses a nail like tool and hammer to hand etch patterns within the metal work. This process was very difficult and only the best jewelers were trained in the process. The item "Antique Vintage Deco Sterling Silver Chinese Flower Vine Seashell Cuff Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, December 3, 2017. 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.