Jean Painlevé 1930s Seahorse Design Vintage Bangle and Dress Clips Set

Featuring an unusual and evocative design, this jewellery set dates from the 1930s and was created in France by Jean Painlev√©. 

Condition Report:

Very Good - Some surface scratching to the metal and slight mis-shaping of the bangle. This does not detract from the overall appeal of the pieces and they still look correct when worn. 


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The Details...

This jewellery set is constructed from brass. It features scrolling designs, detailed with white Galalith tubes. There are also white Galalith panels, detailed with brass seahorse designs. This bangle is marginally adjustable in size, as it expands and contract slightly. The current diameter of the bangle is 6.5cm. Each dress clip measures 4cm x 3cm. 

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 jewellery set is from this famous Painlev√© collection of jewels. 

Wear it With...

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

  • Designer Jean Painlev√©
  • Colour White, Gold
  • Era 1930s
  • Occasion Cocktail and Evening, Holiday and Globetrotting, Wedding Guest
  • Trend Gatsby Glamour