Gold, Ivory Tusk and Green Onyx Lion Motif Bangle Bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels
The exotic, carved ivory bangle hinged at the base, with a gold lion’s head at the top, set with cabochon green onyx eyes, signed VCA for Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered B2040 D41 on the clasp, with French assay marks for 18kt gold, circa 1970s. A hidden safety catch locks in and out of place and allows the two curved segments to swivel away from each other to put the bracelet on.
Van Cleef and Arpels was founded in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef, and his uncle-by-marriage, Salomon Arpels. The duo opened their first shop in Paris. Today the jeweller’s flag ship can still be found in Paris at 22 Place Vendome, where the Maisons’ fine collection and elegant designs first bought delight to Parisian high society. The demand from their glamorous clientele was met by the Maison opening further shops in the glamorous locations of Nice and Cannes. In the 20th century the jeweller’s popularity spread over the Atlantic, so that a New York store opened in 1942. The designer’s popularity has not waned in recent years seeing an increased interest in both vintage pieces and their contemporary collections.
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