Jeweled Cupid Bracelet by Froment-Meurice

  • France's François-Désiré Froment-Meurice created this stunning 19th-century bracelet
  • The piece is crafted of gold, silver, enamel, pink topaz and pearls
  • Froment-Meurice is counted among France's most celebrated goldsmiths and jewelers
  • A favorite of royalty and high-society, his pieces can be found in several prestigious museums
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This incredible bracelet by France's François-Désiré Froment-Meurice (1802-1855) is a true work of jeweled art. The most distinguished goldsmith and jeweler of his day, Froment-Meurice's works featured a stunning blend of Renaissance and Rococo motifs to create singular masterpieces that captivated connoisseurs worldwide. This particular piece is crafted of elaborately-wrought gold in the form of swags of enameled ivy, while silver cupids flank a pink topaz briolette. Additional pink topaz and elegant white pearls further beautify this dazzling creation.

François-Désiré Froment-Meurice is regarded as one of the greatest goldsmiths and jewelers of the 19th century. The son of a Parisian goldsmith, Froment-Meurice took control of his family's workshop in 1832 and quickly rose to great acclaim for his dynamic and masterfully executed pieces. He was a premier artist at the great international exhibitions, with his first success occurring at the 1839 Exposition des Produits de l'Industrie where he won two silver medals. This prestigious showing earned him the appointment of orfèvre-joailler, or the official goldsmith and jeweler, to the city of Paris. Froment-Meurice went on to exhibit throughout Europe, with tremendous showings at the 1844 French Industrial Exposition and the Great London Exhibition of 1851.

His clients were some of the most important members of high society, including royalty throughout Europe. For the Duchess of Parma, he created a grand toilette now housed in the Musée d'Orsay. The Emperor Napoléon III and Empress Eugénie commissioned a ceremonial cradle to celebrate the birth of their son Prince Louis-Napoléon, which can be seen at the Musée Carnavalet. Froment-Meurice died at the height of his career, about three months before his showing at the Exposition Universelle of 1855. His works are some of the most highly-regarded objets d'art, and can be found in the collections of the Louvre, numerous museums within France's Réunion des Musées Nationaux, and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This bracelet was featured in the exhibition From Slave to Siren: The Victorian Woman and Her Jewelry, from Neoclassic to Art Nouveau at Duke Universities Museum of Art, North Carolina, May 1971. Catalog illustration no. 69, plate 4.

Circa 1850

8 1/4" length
Jeweled Cupid Bracelet by Froment-Meurice
Period: 19th Century
Origin: France
Type: Bracelets
Length: 8
Width: 8.25 Inches
Style: Victorian

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