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French Retro 18K Gold Tank Bracelet

This French Retro tank bracelet in 18K gold was made by Ernest Le Sénéchal and retailed by Janlys, Paris, in the 1940’s. It is composed of pyramidal links flanked by arches and joined by double hemi-cylinders. Responding to the wartime aesthetic of strength and resistance, this bracelet nonetheless has an alluring look and feel, combining soft gold with bold curves, playfully defying the illusion of great weight with its graceful, streamlined geometric forms.

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Item #: BA-21131
Artist: Ernest Le Sénéchal, Paris
Country: France
Circa: 1940s
Dimensions: 7.75" length
Materials: 18K Gold (with original signed box)
Signed: Ernest Le Sénéchal maker's mark, French assay marks

Janlys, Paris, was located at 20, rue de la Paix. It was situated among illustrious neighbors like Cartier at no. 13 rue de la Paix, Janesich at no. 19, rue de la Paix, Boucheron (26, Place Vendôme), Chaumet (12, Place Vendôme) and Van Cleef & Arpels (22, Place Vendôme). Surviving period advertisements of the mid 1940s reflect the full Retro aesthetic of the new naturalism celebrating flowers and birds, as well as strong volumized forms such as this tank bracelet.