Jean Painlevé 1930s Seahorse Design Vintage Bracelet

Featuring an unusual and evocative design, this bracelet dates from the 1930s and was created in France by Jean Painlevé.

Condition Report:

Good - Some spotting to the gilt metal and a tiny area of oxidisation on the side of one panel. This is only visible upon close inspection and does not detract from the overall appeal of the piece. 


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The Details...

This bracelet is constructed from gilt metal. It features several panels hinged together, with gilt metal, arch-like, shapes attached to each panel. At the centre of each panel is s rectangular red plastic piece mounted with a gilt metal seahorse motif. The bracelet fastens with a box clasp and it is 17cm in length. The bracelet is very faintly stamped 'MADE IN FRANCE' on its reverse. 

A Short History...

Fascinatingly, Jean Painlev√© was not a costume jewellery creator, but a French avant garde filmmaker. He was widely celebrated for his films on marine life, particularly 'L'Hippocampe' (The Seahorse), which prompted the creation of a brand of jewellery and fabrics in 1936 inspired by his work. This bracelet is from this famous Painlev√© collection of jewels. 

Wear it With...

Stack this bangle with others of similar shades to add interest to a silk shirt and jeans. 

  • Designer Jean Painlev√©
  • Colour Red, Gold
  • Era 1930s
  • Occasion Wedding Guest, The Festive Season, Smart Casual, Holiday and Globetrotting, Cocktail and Evening
  • Trend One with Nature, Gatsby Glamour