Platinum, Diamond, Emerald, Enamel and Onyx Bracelet, Mauboussin, France, 1925
- platinum, diamond, onyx, enamel, emerald, bracelet
Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Mauboussin.
For a pendant of similar design see Mauboussin, by Marguerite de Cerval, p. 89.
The Parisian firm of Mauboussin rose to prominence during the Art Deco period although the company's records indicate that they were making jewelry as early as 1827. In 1923, Georges Mauboussin, a nephew of one of the founders, assumed control of the company, and opened branches in New York, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. During the 1920s Mauboussin participated in a number of important international exhibitions, among them the prestigious Exposition des Art Decoratifs in Paris in 1925 where they were awarded a Grand Prix for their innovative designs.
Mauboussin's Art Deco jewels are characterized by an interesting mixture of geometric and curved motifs. The design of the present bracelet, with a central flower of curved outline contrasting with the linear, geometric design of the band, is a perfect example of the firm's ability to successfully merge contrasting elements. Mauboussin's love of color is also evident in their jewels from the mid to late 1920s. The company's advertising brochures from that time have stated: "Current fashion gives us a favorable fortune of color. It loves the polychromatic effects of flowers and fruit, and introduces them wherever it can, even in the jewels which adorn feminine grace."