18K solid case and clasp fittings elaborately engraved and enamelled, housing portrait of (yet) unknown sitter of watercolor on ivory with a small surface crack to the ivory.
This piece came from a Maryland estate, and believed to be painted by John Wood Dodge, American (1807-1893).
What a magnificent and complete bracelet, with its clasp and hairwork intact. Pieces like this are truly individual, nothing can match or compare to it, because its materials and subject permeate every level of its construction.
Note the enamel to the back of the clasp and how the use of enamel was becoming fashionable for larger items of jewellery, after being pushed aside for the lines and art of the neo-classical pieces.
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