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Monday, 19 September 2011

LACLOCHE FRERES: Spanish success in Paris Art Deco

The Spanish jewellery house Lacloche Freres was founded in 1875 by four brothers: Leopold, Lacques, Jules and Fernand. They opened stores in Madrid, San Sebastian, Biarritz and Paris where they became truly successful during the Art Deco period, specially for their enamelled objects. They participated in the 1925 Arts Decoratifs Exhibition in Paris with an extraordinary series of pendants inspired in the fables from La Fontaine. During the First World War they bought Faberge's shop and inventory in London. They were not craftsmen but selected works from the most talented artisans around them. Proof that taste is a crucial element in Art Jewellery!.

The watch above is an extremely delicate example of the purest Art Deco Oriental trend, set in diamonds and pearl it's three pieces show the master enamel technique for which Lacloche Freres are best known.  It will be auctioned at Sotheby's NY on september 20th.