Thursday, 16 February 2012

Lucien GAILLARD: Master Art Nouveau Insect jewellery

Probably the most famous pieces by Lucien Gaillard are his horn made hair pins featuring two intricate dragonflies exquisitely enamelled. Less famous than his Art Nouveau contemporaries Lalique, Fouquet or Vever his best pieces reach the same level of creativity and master craftsmanship. Lucien was the third generation of a Paris family of jewellers that had become known for their japanese inspired metalwork and Lucien's creations transpire the same influence. He has become famous for incorporating horn into his extremely delicate creations. Unfortunately he made very grew pieces and on the rare occasions when one becomes available the prices are astronomical. A few examples of his work can be found today at the Museum D'Orsay in Paris and at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.