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Wander France Jadeite Clip Pendant Earrings


Created by Wander France circa the 1970s, these pendant earrings are made of jadeite and 18K gold.  Each pendant earring is designed as a flexible three-part top suspending a gourd-shaped jadeite plaques carved with fruiting vine motifs, the top links and frame with pronounced meander motifs. Subtly shaped and balanced to hang correctly and flatter the face, these original jewels represent a sculptural fusion of complex motifs and beautiful workmanship.

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Item #: ER-20226 
Artist: Robert Wander
Country: France
Circa: 1970s
Size: 1.75” length x.75” width
Materials: Carved jadeite; 18K gold
Signed: Wander France, French guarantee stamps

The meander pattern in these unusual earrings is most often identified with ancient Greek art, but here, the motif may reference the interchange of design and ideas that blossomed between Europe and Asia in the aftermath of Alexander the Great’s invasion of the East. Alexander’s empire, short-lived in power but long in art, reached as far as Bactria in Central Asia, and Graeco-Buddhist civilizations evolved from the fusion of cultures. Therefore, the appearance of the Greek style meander in the art of the Han dynasty may originate from this era, though analogous cloud and thunder patterns pre-date Alexander in Chinese culture. A a student of art and design, Wander would have been aware of this cultural interchange.