Art for Arts Sake. This was the driving idea of the Aesthetic Movement in Britain which led artist to create some of the most beautiful artwork of the western world in the years between 1860 and 1900. The idea was that things did not need have a deeper meaning to be made in a way that was pleasing to the senses, that it was okay for an object which was useful to also be beautiful, simply for the sake of beauty. It is an idea which we still hold to this day. The simple lines and motifs of Japanese art were particularly appealing to the Aesthetic artists and these motifs feature prominently in many of the designs of this era, this bangle among them.
Simple branches of cherry blossoms grace the front of this wide silver cuff bangle. The leaves are done in a greenish gold overlay and the blooms in pink gold, it also has a wonderful egg and dart like scalloped edge. This bangle is inscribed to the reverse with “To Mary, 17th Jan(uar)y. 1883.” and the inscription is bordered in a similar manner to the front engraving, making me think that this piece was likely made custom by the jeweler and inscribed by him as well, so probably it was made just before this date in 1882-3. This wonderful bangle measures 25 mm wide from top to bottom and would fit a wrist of 6.5 inches or less; it weighs 37.5 grams. Made in England of Sterling Silver.
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ITEM ID: BEA24115VA