A copper and gold 'Shakudo' bracelet, probably English,

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A copper and gold 'Shakudo' bracelet,
probably English, circa 1860

Sold for £ 4,375 (US$ 5,747) inc. premium
A copper and gold 'Shakudo' bracelet, probably English, circa 1860
The bracelet composed of six circular plaques, each inlaid with copper and gold shakudo-work, depicting floral and foliate scenes, within borders of finely detailed gold decoration, length 18.8cm, cased by Boodle and Dunthorne, Liverpool and Chester

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  • 'Shakudo' is an alloy of copper and gold patinated onto a dark blue or black background. It is a Japanese metal-work technique developed from traditional Japanese sword-making, which was often elaborate and highly decorative.

    Following the increase in trade with Japan in the second half of the 19th Century, there was a huge surge in demand for Japanese art and design in the West. The 'shakudo' technique was one of a number of influences that western artists adopted after being exposed to fine Japanese works of art being imported into Europe at the time.
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