Lacloche gold, ruby and emerald bird brooch, 1940 c.a.

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A lovely yellow gold bird brooch featuring diamonds,  carved rubies an emeralds. Signed Jaques Lacloche, 1940 c.a. 6 cm 

Spilla in oro giallo a forma di uccellino con diamanti, smeraldi incisi e rubini incisi. Opera di Jaques Lacloche realizzata nel 1940 c.a. 6 cm.

There were several companies in which the Lacloche’s had involvement and many locations where there were branches of these entities. The patriarch was Hendricks Lacloche, in1892, two of his sons, Jules and Léopold, headed for Paris and opened Lacloche Frères while Jacques and Fernand set sail for the New World seeking fame and fortune. After Jacques and Fernand opened Lacloche et Cie, in Madrid selling jewelry created in Paris. The Lacloche brothers are bedecking the crowned heads of Europe in some of the finest jewels of the day. Among their clientele are Queen Alexandra, His Majesty George I, King of Greece, Napoleon III and empress Eugénie, and Alfonso XII of Spain. Lacloche et Cie open shops in the French seaside, Biarritz, San Sebastian, the Principality of Monaco. They have seemingly covered all of the desirable destinations for the well-heeled at the fin de siècle. In 1919 Jacques Jr. joins the firm first in Paris and then later moves to London to run the branch. A few years later, Fernand’s Sons, Henri and Jacques (another Jacques), open an office on Fifth Avenue in New York City. From their Fifth Avenue office they were able to make inroads into Hollywood and were soon fascinating the movie queens with their fabulous creations. The Lacloche brothers were serius gamblers and accumulated so much debt  it caused the business to fail in 1931. Nephew Jacques Lacloche opens an eponymous business in 1933 and mysteriously Lacloche Frères reappears in London with jewelry supplied by Jacques.  He was able to re-establish the company’s reputation. He ingratiated himself in social circles in Cannes becoming the Motor Yacht Club official jeweler. Befriending the rich, famous, and aristocratic, Jacques was welcome at all their haunts, and was even invited to the wedding of Grace Kelly to the Prince of Monaco, creating several jewelry items for the occasion. Jacques’s business thrived and his designs displayed at the 1937 Exposition internationale des arts et techniques are lauded. Soon he has locations in Place Vendôme and in Cannes. Jacques continues to cultivate the rich and famous, winning awards at international expositions. Circa 1967, after exploring other artforms with exhibitions at the Place Vendôme location,  Jacques leaves the jewelry business and the shop closes. The Cannes location is re-named Galerie J. Lacloche Édition and features other jewelry artisans as well as Lacloche jewelry. In 1999 Jacques Lacloche dies.

 


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