Sunday, October 6, 2013

Gifts of Grandeur: The Louis Wièse Bracelet, c. 1890

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Carnelian Intalgio Bracelet
The Victoria & Albert Museum

In 1880, Louis Wièse (1852-1923) took control of the family firm from his father, Jules Wièse, an award-winning jeweller and goldsmith. Louis, unlike his father, was a historicist and modeled his jewelry in the Renaissance, Gothic Revival and Neoclassical styles.

This gold bracelet with carnelian intaglios is an prime example of Louis’ work. Wièse has cleverly included a length of chain which allows the bracelet to be extended to a length suitable for most to also wear it as a choker. The bracelet dates to about 1890.

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