VAN CLEEF & ARPELS - A pair of 1990s gold inlaid hardwood bangles
both of open domed form, inlaid with gold triangles at intervals, the terminals stamped VCA 750, numbered 82587 812 & 82587 815 (2)
Internal width: 55mm
Estimate £ 12,000-18,000 + fees

In the 1910s Van Cleef & Arpels launched a line of jewellery called "Touch Wood" including four ring designs in various woods. An advertisement printed in 1919 stated that the pieces were "mounted with precious gemstones on platinum and gold." The rings were of bombé rounded design, some with gold bezel mounts set flush to the surface of the wood, similar to the inlaid gold in the present lots (101 and 102). Jewellery historians believe that the impetus of this design was due to war-time scarcity. For the World Expo in Osaka in 1970 Van Cleef & Arpels revived the use of wood for a line of jewellery using gold inlaid on wood, including a ring, two pendants and bracelet (exhibited, Van Cleef & Arpels: The High Art of Jewellery, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 20 September 2012 - 10 February 2013, and illustrated, Van Cleef & Arpels, Les arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2012, p. 206.