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    Sale 1350

    Magnificent Jewels

    15 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 354

    A BELLE EPOQUE DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY LACLOCHE FRÈRES

    Price Realised  

    A BELLE EPOQUE DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY LACLOCHE FRÈRES
    Designed as thirteen graduating interlaced old-cut diamond ribbons, each centering on an old-cut diamond, circa 1910, with French assay marks for silver and gold, in original Lacloche Frères fitted brown leather case
    By Lacloche Frères


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    Pre-Lot Text

    Eric Valdieu, Head of the jewellery department Geneva and Vice President Christie's Switzerland

    'This delicate diamond choker pays tribute to the creative talent and vision of Lacloche Frères, one of the great jewellery masters of the early 20th century. Its audacious and elegant design makes it as fashionable and wearable today, as when it was made in 1915.

    The diamond ribbons are cleverly linked so as to remain supple and smooth even when worn closely fitted around the neck. The curves of the bow designs that flow into each other have an architectural yet feminine quality that is evocative of the best creations developed between the Belle Époque (1895-1914) and Art Deco (1915-1935) periods. This perfect balance of boldness and finesse is not surprising for a jewel created by Lacloche Frères, a small family firm that once rivalled with the likes of Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. Founded in 1875 in Madrid by four brothers and active until the 1950s, the maison reached its heyday between the two World Wars, with a much admired appearance at the Salon des Arts Décoratifs of 1925. Their limited production made them only more sought after. To find an example of their work in such perfect condition, in the original fitted case with the inscription Lalolche Frères, Paris, Nice, Aix-les-Bains, is not only reminiscent of a bygone era but also a rare opportunity to acquire a truly timeless design.

    Any woman who is privileged to wear this exquisite choker can only radiate with beauty and style and this is what jewellery is all about!'




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