Presented is a rare example of jewelry from South East Asia during French
ruling. The region had been known as Indochina from 1887.
The local arts including jewelry making was presented at the Great Exposition in Paris
in 1900 and sparkled interest to them.
The bracelet is designed as combination of popular buckle motif
with traditional Chinese and Far East themes.
It is wrought as double hinged rigid buckle shape cuff.
It consists of two layers, the inner solid layer, and outer layer consisting
of hand chasing, repousse, and reperce (pierced)
throughout the full length and width of the bracelet.
The buckle is extremely wide - 3" and embellished with a hand carved
jadeite jade figure of elder wise man - 1 1/4" X 3/4".
The elaborate chasing has a few areas with finely detailed scenes:
a man carrying a fish net and a crate; a temple with 2 men on both sides
carrying а shoulder-yoke and a Chinese character in between; two dragons on the buckle.
The buckle is 3" wide, the back of the bracelet is 1 5/8" wide.
Inner circumference is approx. 6 1/2".
There are a few hallmarks which we could not decipher.
Tested 800 silver.
The bracelet weighs hefty 92 grams.
Excellent antique condition commensurate with age.
Antique Jadeite Jade Silver Buckle Bracelet French Indo China Chinese Export C. 1900's