Rare Art Nouveau Era Shih Tzu Dog Mask Bangle Bracelet with OMC Diamonds in 14k Gold
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An exceptional Art Nouveau era bangle bracelet, modeled in bloomed 14k gold, whose primary element is a beautifully sculpted (Shih Tzu) dog mask, made in the manner of the popular lion masks of the era. Our brave little canine holds a sparkling, white, old mine cut diamond in his mouth, and his shining eyes are also set with old mine cut diamonds. His fur, and his distinguished mustache, both beautifully textured, feather out toward the edges of his face, terminating in a shapely outline of soft-points and curves. This sweet, highly-dimensional face is set atop an airy, flat-wire bangle frame, whose shoulders feature a pair of diamond-set question marks— one question mark faces up and the other faces down, as if to say "which way?" This bracelet closes with a hand-built, push-tab, tension clasp, and it retains its original cable-link safety chain. This rare old darling is in outstanding condition, and it is probably one-of-a-kind. We love the fierce little dog, standing in for the more-often-seen lion, and his presence between the mysterious question marks— perhaps he is some kind of oracle . . . we like to think so!
Bracelet's inner circumference measures approx 7 1/4"; dog mask measures approx 27 mm (just over 1") x 23.5 mm; bracelet measures approx 8.5 mm at the shoulder and tapers to approx 5.3 mm at the base; diamonds measure approx 3.5 mm (1), 2.5 mm (2), 3 mm (2), 2.7 mm (2); largest diamond is approx .18 carats; diamond CTW is approx .65 carats.