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Bracelet

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lion, Auguste (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold and enamel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Ruth C. Harris in memory of her brother, George Harwood

  • Museum number:

    M.23-1989

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 22, shelf D, box 2

The bracelet was made by the Parisian jeweller Auguste Lion, an ingenious maker of chains and flexible necklaces and bracelets. By the 1850s bracelets had become an indispensable accessory. The French connoisseur Edmond Joly de Bammeville declared that the ‘daytime’ bracelet was the ‘main feature of national dress’ in England. Up to seven or eight of differing design might be worn between the wrist and elbow on both arms. Alternatively, they could be worn in pairs and even over gloves.

Distinctions of rank, age, occasion and dress determined what jewellery could be worn and when. One etiquette manual stated that diamonds, pearls and emeralds were for full evening wear only. In the daytime, women were expected to wear less elaborate jewellery.

Physical description

Flexible gold and enamel bracelet. Mark of Auguste Lion.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Lion, Auguste (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold and enamel

Marks and inscriptions

Guarantee mark of Paris from 1847-1919
Mark of Auguste Lion

Dimensions

Height: 2.9 cm, Width: 8.6 cm, Depth: 1.4 cm

Object history note

Mark of Auguste Lion, an ingenious maker of chains and flexible necklaces and bracelets.

Descriptive line

Gold enamel bracelet, with the mark of Auguste Lion, made in France (Paris), about 1870-80

Materials

Gold; Enamel

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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