A fine rose garden by Lacloche

On 26 June 2020, by Anne Doridou-Heim

The result of a special relationship, this pendant was the gem of a jewellery sale.

Pendant in openwork platinum partially enamelled in black, decorated with flowers in crystal, jadeite and engraved moonstones ornamented with cabochon sapphires and jade, the border highlighted with diamonds and onyx motifs. Weight: 64 g. Lacloche, c. 1925. Ateliers Vergé Frères.
Result: €222,500

In the autumn of 2019, Laurence Mouillefarine and Véronique Ristelhueber published a new book on Lacloche. One chapter was devoted to the Decorative Arts Exhibition of 1925, with the presentation of two unpublished albums of clocks, boxes and jewellery in gouache. It was thanks to those albums, in fact, that this delicately engraved openwork pendant, embellished with fine gemstones (moonstone, jade, onyx, crystal, jadeite) and precious stones (diamond and sapphire) could be attributed to the Lacloche company and dated to around 1925. The pendant was given to the grandmother of the current owners by the Duc d'Orléans (1869-1926). This meticulous work was acclaimed for €222,500: an impressive sum that once again paid tribute to the work of two brothers. Fernand and Jacques adopted a daring approach and technical innovation to appeal to a female clientele seeking luxury and novelty. The 1925 exhibition was their apotheosis.

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