Vintage Brutalist Cuff Bracelet Gilles Guy Vidal 1960s Modernist Abstract Pewter
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This is a wonderful brutalist cuff bracelet signed by Montreal jeweler Guy (Gilles) Vidal. It is made of pewter with electroplated silver and is cast as an irregular squarish 5 section shape. It has a hammered rough looking texture, formed in five segments and with angular, round ends. It is signed by the interior with a stylized GV, which dates the pieces to the 1960s. The piece measures 7” around the interior, exclusive of the 1 1/4” space. The open area measures 2 7/8” in width by 2 1/4” in depth - the metal is somewhat flexible, so the open space could be diminished slightly. It is in very good condition with the exception of what looks like a repair to the front left - one can see what looks like a crack on the front and a series of surface stresses to the same area on the back and the repair appears as a dark vertical band (see last close-up photo). I have not tried to clean the area.
Examples of Vidal’s work are difficult to come by - he and Robert Larin are two Canadian jewelry designers who worked in similar metal and had similar designs during the 1960s and 70s. I find this piece to be an excellent example of brutalist jewelry design - sold "as is" with a reduced price.