A magnificent Austro-Hungarian bracelet from the Art Nouveau (ca1900) period! Made of sterling silver, this beautiful one-of-a-kind piece is very large in size and has an incredibly ornate design. At the center of the piece is a large oval-shaped porcelain plaque covered in crystal. The porcelain is hand painted in vivid colors, depicting a feminine floral design and is surrounding by a mesmerizing border formed by twisted vines, complete with leaves and berries. At each side of the plaque are 4 angelic cherubs, shown in three dimensional detail with realistic facial features and feathered wings outstretched. The sides of the bracelet are completed with a row of hinged links that bear a complimentary design comprised of leaves, vines and berries. A push clasp is hidden within the design at the back of the bracelet and a safety chain provides extra security. The attention to detail is superb, including an engraved design on the back of the silver setting. This wonderfully elaborate and unusual piece is absolutely stunning and would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The inside of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) measures 2 3/8" wide and 2" tall. The surface of the bracelet measures 1" wide at the back and the front of the bracelet measures 2 1/8" tall at the centerpiece. The painted porcelain plaque measures 1 5/16" tall and 1 1/6" wide. The bracelet is 1/4" at its thinnest point and 3/8" at its thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or to the glass-covered painted porcelain plaque, which is intact. The hinges and push clasp are secure and in good working condition and the safety chain is also intact.