Art Nouveau 18kt Repousse Flower Motif Bangle Bracelet
This floral bangle bracelet from the Art Nouveau era (ca1880) is quite spectacular! The piece is crafted in vibrant 18kt yellow gold and has a beautiful repousse motif that covers the entire outer surface. The design features an array of blooming flowers, which are beautifully carved and give wonderful depth and texture to the piece. Completing the artistry is a pattern of grooved ridges that line the interior, a lovely finishing touch. The bracelet is hinged and clasps at the side, where a small safety latch provides additional security when worn. Stamped on the tongue of the clasp are two small maker's hallmarks, and the initials "E.R." are engraved on the bangle's interior. When worn, the piece has a striking and substantial appearance that would look beautiful grouped with other similar bangles. A very versatile bracelet, it would make a fantastic addition to any jewelry collection!
Measurements: The interior of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) measures approximately 2 1/2" wide and 2 1/4" tall. It would fit nicely on a medium to large sized wrist. The surface of the bracelet measures about 2/16" wide and thick. The total pennyweight of the piece is 14.3 dwt (22.2 grams).
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there are no apparent dents in the gold, and the clasp and safety latch are both secure and in good working condition. There is a natural patina that rests within the grooves of the gold repousse pattern, which is normal for an antique piece and adds further depth to the carved design. Due to age, there are a few small pin holes at the surface of the floral motif in a few areas, which are not noticeable when worn thanks to the textured 3-dimensional design.