1930s French Theater Snake Bracelet/ Large
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Deeply colored rhinestone and golden metal wrap snake bracelet from the height of French theater. Purchased in France. Reportedly used in the theater in Paris. From a collection of similar pieces which seem to validate the use of them in a performance. Designed and hand made by Parisian Ateliers. A variety of these styles and pieces were made principally between 1900-1930 by various fabricators in Paris. The colors used in construction and the theme seem to fit pieces made at the Theatre de la Ville or Theatre Sarah Bernhardt as it was also known. This could be due to the style becoming popular. During the beginning of La Belle Epoque such jewelry was made for performances in Paris. One can find similar red, green and white jewelry made in auction records and museum images. Two such pieces from Cleopatra and A Gauche serve as examples of the art. See their images below from the article link here. Similar prong work can be seen in the A Gauche belt used by Bernhardt. See images. The bracelet construction includes rhinestones that have an old European cut and rounded metal undersides. The metal is pliable and meant to move somewhat as it must be slipped over the hand and is not wrapped on. The snake’s head style is deco with a scale texture. Wonderful show stopper with a great patina and look on the wrist. Part of a rich history of theater spanning decades in Paris. Circa 1910-1930. Circumference is about 8″. The width is around 2.75″. Total length of the snake from the tip of its head to the tail is 7″ when coiled, longer in total.