Art Nouveau Gold Cufflinks
The Japanese Garden
| An alluring tangle of wild chrysanthemums,
leaves and sinuous vines with untamed tendrils
curling upwards like drifting wisps of smoke or early morning
mist. These cufflinks are a wonderful marriage of Art
Nouveau and Japanese design. Elegantly crafted in 14kt
gold about 1920.
The arts and artifacts of Japan had a deep and lasting impact on artists, jewelers and designers in North America and Europe during the late 19th and early 20th century. This is especially true of those working in the Art Nouveau style in the years around 1900. These cufflinks are a particularly elegant example.
The backs of these cufflinks are as finely crafted as the fronts. The maker's attention to small, hidden details can be seen in the sturdy curved cross bars and strong brackets. Also note the crisp, gently rounded edges and the mirror-like polish of the gold. The maker's passion for quality and small details is evident.
One side of the cross bar is marked "HALLMARK", the maker's mark of United Jewelers, Inc. United Jewelers was an association of retail jewelers based in New York City that created fine cufflinks and other jewels during the 1910s and 1920s. The opposite side of the cross bar is stamped "14K" for the purity of the gold.
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