Lacloche Frères are responsible for the production of some of the finest jewels of the early twentieth century. Having individually operated a number of shops in France and Spain, it was not until 1901 that the Lacloche brothers formally grouped together under the name Lacloche Frères, establishing themselves in the heart of Paris at 15, Rue de la Paix, before expanding to London, at 2 New Bond Street, in 1904, and then to a number of other locations across France, Spain, Argentina and Egypt. Their collaborations with many of the best jewellers of the era created masterpieces across a variety of different styles, including the stylish Egyptian- and East Asian-influenced Art Deco pieces for which they are perhaps best known.
This distinctive Art Nouveau evening bag retailed by Lacloche owes its extraordinary workmanship to Julien Duval (b. 1856) a Parisian jeweller particularly renowned for his jewels in sculpted gold, many of which were created in collaboration with the medallist Frédéric de Vernon.
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