A PAIR OF GEM-SET AND ENAMELLED BRACELETS (KADA), BENARES, NORTH INDIA, 19TH CENTURY
each set with diamonds in the kundan technique on the exterior against a green enamel ground, the interiors and elephant heads with entwined trunks with delicate pink and white floral enamel details, fitted in old custom box
each bracelet: 8 by 8cm.
The enamelling bright, with some rubbed, notably to exterior of bracelets and one or two of diamonds have fallen and some missing gold setting, one with few hairline cracks in gold, the custom box with silk lining, wear to exterior as consistent with age and use, as viewed.
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Private Collection, UK, early 20th century, by descent
The pink and white enamel is typical of jewellery produced in Benares (Varanasi) in north India. For a discussion of the technique and its influences, see Krishnadasa 1971, pp.327-334, which also illustrates a comparable example, pl.27. Further related examples of this form are illustrated in Markevitch 1987, p.53, fig.19.