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Algerian Colonial Silver & Coral Hinged Bracelet

Algeria
circa 1920

internal diameter: 5.2cm, external diameter: 8.5c, width: 4.2cm, weight: 126g

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Provenance

UK art market

This unusual, dramatic but wearable bracelet from Algeria is based on the striking bracelets with protruding spikes said to have been traditionally worn by prostitutes. Stylistic modifications have been made, perhaps for the colonial French market, and these seem to have Art Deco inspiration. These modifications largely are the four prominent applied oval protuberances each with rope-twist sides and decorated on top with four silver spheres and a central coral cabochon, all in rope-twist settings.

The bracelet is hinged and opens to allow it to be put over the wrist and closed again, the closure being effected with a pin mechanism.

The bracelet is in fine condition without losses or repairs.

References

pers. comm., Sarah Corbet & Alaa Eddine Sagid, February, 2018.

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