Jean Painlevé 1930s Seahorse Design Vintage Bangle

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

Condition Report:

Very Good - Some wear to the metal consistent with age and use. 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 bangle is constructed from brass. It features a scroll design at either end, detailed with a black Galalith tube. There is also a black Galalith panel at both ends of the bangle, detailed with a brass seahorse design. This bangle is marginally adjustable in size, as it expands slightly in order to be put onto the arm. The current diameter of the bangle is 6cm. 

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 bangle 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.