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Annodized Silver and Enamel Cuff Bracelet c. 1850`

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Annodized Silver and Enamel Cuff Bracelet c. 1850`

Cast in silver and sprawled over this miracle of a bracelet, are perched cherubs guarding the tomb of lovers from surrounding serpents, love birds in pairs, more serpents, ivy, oak leaves, acorns, maple leaves, two birds guarding their nest from the predatory snakes, all flora and fauna surrounding a central oval plaque of guilloche enamel framed in embossed gold. The central plaque tells the mourning story of the love of a man and a woman who are joined eternally. In the sparkling blue of the sky, as if from heaven, are the golden Latin words, “Illi Servo Fidem” which means to watch over, protect, or serve faithfully. Central, above a white plinth, the arms of the lovers extend from ruffled sleeves to join hands. Background, mountains rise. Below them are manses, suggesting the village where the lovers shared their life together or life generally. A serene body of water separates the village from the foreground where the plinth is surrounded by grass and shrubs. Sublime beauty and joy and its opposite is truthful to all living things. This is a story of ties that bind and of meaningful lives, as well as it is a memorial to them. This bracelet is a glory in and of itself. The jeweler’s hand has created a masterpiece of silver design that sings his talent. Here is a jewel abundant in the motifs and symbolism of the baroque, an era in which art flooded the senses and the senses were heightened with only a glance. On the cover of the prestigious research volume “Jewellery 1789 – 1910”, by academic Shirley Bury, is a bracelet that is a kissing cousin to ours. It is anodized silver, the same size and volume. It too is baroque in style, sculpted with cupids, serpents, ivy, maple, oak and acorns. Here the cupids are watching over a lovely oval emerald. This bracelet is attributed to the French designer Frederic Masson. It was exhibited with jewels of similar design in the French National Exhibit of 1844 and in the Great Exhibition in London in 1851. We attribute our bracelet to the same master designer. C. 1850 French. Height north to south is 2 9/16 in or 6.6 cm. This is a weighty, substantial adornment. Hallmarked. Superb condition.

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