Fannière Frères' inspirational history lesson

A very fine gold, enamel, agate cameo and diamond bracelet, Fannière Frères, Paris circa 1870, French poinçons and maker’s mark. Extension link.


As one of the finest examples we have seen of ‘historicism’ in jewellery, this bracelet is perfect.

It combines several motifs taken from the past, from the head of Medusa carved in agate after Bernini to the piqué enamel borders in 17th century style, from the pierced and chased plaques withTudor roses to the stylised Maltese cross motifs.

The whole execution is extraordinarily fine and the overall condition exceptional.

We would also draw your attention to the delicate engraving of the reverse of the mount - see the image below.

An exceptional antique jewel which could be a perfect centre-piece of a collection of period jewels.

Read more: find out about bracelets from this era here

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