I’ve met this Art Deco dragon bracelet several times over the years now, and I’ve tried to photograph it every single time. I don’t think I’ll ever do it justice, but these photos are better than what I’ve gotten in prior years so I’m going to share it with you so that you can be in love with it too.
Okay. I don’t know what you pictured when you read “Art Deco dragon bracelet” but I bet you didn’t expect it to be quite this incredible.
This stunning treasure was made in 1935 and the design is attributed to Gustav Manz. Look at those lashing ruby tongues, the flashing ruby eyes, the spectacular, half-raised diamond wings! Are the dragons fighting? Are they flirting? Are they both trying to eat the marquis and trillion cut diamonds in the center? Are the diamond columns in the background part of some fantastic castle or fortress that the diamond dragons are guarding?
I can barely look at this Art Deco dragon bracelet, it gets me all in a tizzy. Who expects to see magnificent mythical beasts like these rendered in classic Art Deco geometry? It’s so amazing!!
I’m dying to know how this Art Deco dragon bracelet even came to be. Did it just come into Gustav Manz’s mind one day? Or perhaps a special commission for a Jazz age Khaleesi flapper badass?
It’s so unusual that I think there’s a good chance it was a special commission, but we’ll never know. You absolutely need to see a video of this Art Deco dragon bracelet. I will post it on Instagram later today, so stand by.
A huge thanks to Pat Saling, for letting me fondle this Art Deco dragon bracelet at several different antique shows (it was still for sale, the last I heard!). I still pine for these dragons and I will probably ask to touch them again in the future, unless some dragon enthusiast with excellent taste and a large budget snaps it up!