Two silver and gem-set ring bracelets, by Sah Oved, (2)

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Lot 10
Two silver and gem-set ring bracelets,
by Sah Oved, 1936
(2)

Sold for £ 2,880 (US$ 3,522) inc. premium
Two silver and gem-set ring bracelets, by Sah Oved, 1936
Each central rectangular silver plaque with rounded corners, designed to be worn across the back of the hand, one modelled to depict a figure in a pointed turban embracing a unicorn, the other depicting a naked woman holding a hand mirror, both with highlights of gold overlay, fastened around the wrist by mirrored and openwork links, terminating in two rings to be worn on the index and smallest finger, the unicorn bracelet decorated with coral, the other with turquoise, unsigned, engravings to front and reverse of each plaque and to bracelet links, length of each plaque 6.0cm., bracelet length 16.5cm, ring sizes M and I (2)

Footnotes

  • The obverse of the unicorn bracelet is inscribed l'amour de moy si est en ene jolly jardidet (my true beloved is here enclosed inside a lovely gardinet) and L'amour de moy around the mirrored link. The reverse inscribed MARGARET for her birthday, for her singing & for her part in The Clear Mirror` 1936. The obverse of the woman and mirror bracelet inscribed le la regardau the pose elle estopt blanche comme let (I saw her resting in a pose, her face it was as light as milk) and the reverse This clear mirror of religion, reflecting nakedly the images of dancers in combination and separate.

    Sah made these bracelets for Margaret Hutchinson in 1936. Margaret was the wife of G.E. Hutchinson, the distinguished English-born American zooligist and father of modern limnology (study of freshwater lakes), who published a travel book in 1936 entitled "The Clear Mirror: a pattern of life in Goa and Indian Tibet" written during the Yale-led expedition to Northern India. Both Margaret and her husband shared a deep interest in travel, art and religion. The French inscriptions are lines taken from a 15th century traditional French poem, often sung to music and popular in the 1930s, "L'Amour de Moy".
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