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Bracelets

A jewelled & enamelled gold bangle by Lucien Falize

Paris c.1881

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the hinged yellow gold bangle, set with diamonds and decorated with enamel in the Medieval taste, in the style of an illuminated manuscript, the legend reading ‘Aultre n’ Auray’ (I would have no other).

 

‘So many things can be engraved on a circle of gold…monograms, mottos, cyphers, emblems…Commemorations of marriages, births, family events to be remembered, particular dates, whether happy or sad.    [These] bracelets are intimate mementos…They will no longer be broken up, but will be handed down as family heirlooms, as precious as illuminated parchments’.

Lucien Falize, ‘Exposition Universelle de 1889.  Les Industries d’Art, Orfèvrerie d’art, bijoux, joyaux’.

Gazette des Beaux Arts, 1889, pp 433-59.