Lot 246
  • 246

Platinum, 18 Karat White Gold, Aquamarine, Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet, Mauboussin, Paris

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Description

  • mauboussin
  • platinum white gold, aquamarine, sapphire, diamond
Centering an emerald-cut aquamarine weighing approximately 45.00 carats, within a scrolling panel set with round and baguette diamonds weighing approximately 8.70 carats, completed by cone-shaped links set with round sapphires, length 6 inches, signed Mauboussin, Paris, with French assay mark and French maker's mark for Verger Fils; circa 1940.

Catalogue Note

The design of the present bracelet is believed to have been inspired by the Maginot Line, a system of defensive fortresses constructed in northeast France to divide French and German-occupied territories during WWII. The fortresses were characterized by their linear design and thick concrete walls, many of which were built underground, giving them a mound-like appearance. Outside the main structures, a series of “dragon’s teeth,” similar in shape to the bracelet’s sapphire-set links, were arranged to impede the procession of German tanks.

A bracelet with links of similar design is in a photograph of Mauboussin's vitrine at the World's Fair in New York in 1939. This photograph can be seen on page 118 of Mauboussin by Marguerite de Cerval.

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