Ruby and diamond evening bag
Ruby and diamond evening bag
modelled as a pig, the eyes set with cabochon rubies, the tail and trotters set with rose-cut diamonds and set with a line of cushion-shaped diamonds along the spine, to a mesh body and fancy link chain handle, signed Lacloche Fres, numbered, French assay marks and maker's mark for Julien Duval
Signed Lacloche Fres, numbered 338 to interior and 26350 on bottom, stamped with French assay marks for 18 carat gold and suspension ring with maker's mark J (mistletoe) D for Julien Duval. Inscribed Déposé on interior. Estimated total diamond weight approximately 0.80-1.20 carats. Length approximately 145mm, height approximately 65mm, gross weight approximately 145 grams. Some light areas of tarnish. Clasp secure. Gold mesh flexible. Overall condition good.
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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. They collaborated with some of the best Parisian manufacturers of the era, including on an animal themed accessories collection created with the maker's Julien Duval and Paul Frey. This included bags in the form of spiders, owls and bats, as well as the present pig, a trend commented on by the Dundee Evening Telegraph in 1904 'gold pig purses are a novelty, the head of the grunter in solid gold, the body forming the popular chain purse'.
This distinctive Belle Époque 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.