antique Chinese silver gilt wedding Bracelet with carved pai gow tiles cricket, phoenix and dragon symbols

on Aug 11, 2018 in Bracelets, World

Antique, late 19th or early 20th c, I believe, Chinese wedding bracelet wrought in gilded silver with three figural carved pai gow tile panels set in raised bezels. The panels are almost identical and feature symbols that are auspicious to newlyweds, namely a cricket, a dragon and a phoenix. The silver frame is beautifully worked with intricate cut-outs and repousse prunus flowers. I think the tiles are made of cow bone that has beautifully mellowed over the years thus adding to the sculpturality of the carvings and the same is the case with the gilding. Precious indeed…


Size/Weight: 7″ long (wearable); width between 1 3/4″ and 5/8″; 46.8 grams

Hallmarks / Date: “CHINA SILVER”; late 19th – opening decades of 20th c.

Condition: very good vintage with great patina in both the silver and the bone, quite ornate and nicely carved, with some small losses in the figural panels and possibly in the two silver links as well but I am not sure of that


Offered at $535.00

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