A platinum and diamond bangle bracelet,

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Lot 125
A platinum and diamond bangle bracelet,
circa 1935

Sold for US$ 150,000 inc. premium

Fine Jewellery

17 Apr 2018, 15:00 EDT

New York

A platinum and diamond bangle bracelet, circa 1935
the wide cuff of polished platinum layered 'steps' decorated with round brilliant-cut diamonds, with volute terminals pavé-set with similarly cut diamonds, and additional engraved scroll decoration at the sides; accompanied by original box; estimated total diamond weight: 21.45 carats; gross weight approximately: 167.60 grams; circumference: 6 1/16in. (expandable)

Footnotes

  • This impressive cuff is a striking example of "Joaillerie Blanche", a genre of monumental, ultra-modern white jewels that was fashionable throughout the 1930s and worn by fashionable women on both sides of the Atlantic, including starlets of Hollywood's Golden Age. The fact that it is unsigned is not unusual for the period. Jewels purchased by Americans travelling in Europe between the World Wars were often deliberately manufactured without marks so customers could avoid paying Luxury Tax when taking the pieces back home to the USA. The design and quality of this piece suggest it may have been a special order from one of France's premier jewellery workshops. It is worth noting its similarity to an "Irradiente" bangle by Boivin, circa 1936 (see Mouillefarine, Laurence & Possémé, Evelyne (eds), "Art Deco Jewelry. Modernist Masterworks and their Makers", Thames & Hudson, 2009, page 95 for a gouache design drawing).
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A platinum and diamond bangle bracelet,
A platinum and diamond bangle bracelet,
A platinum and diamond bangle bracelet,
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