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Jean Lurçat

'Le Cockerel' Brooch

Jean Lurçat

Jean Lurçat

'Le Cockerel' Brooch

'Le Cockerel' Brooch

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Jean Lurçat

1892 - 1966

'Le Cockerel' Brooch


circa 1960-66, stamped PPC, 24, 750

18k yellow and red gold lacework rooster-shaped brooch with original lacquer Patek Philippe presentation box

Diameter: 2 5⁄16 by 3 in.; 5.9 by 7.9 cm.

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Acquired by bequest from artist to his wife Simone Andrée Marie-Louise Lurçat in 1966

L'École des Arts Joailliers, Paris (acquired as a gift from the above, 2003)

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Sylvie Raulet, Jewelry of the 1940s and 1950s, Rizzoli, New York, 1988, p. 227

Patrick Mauriès and Évelyne Possémé, Fauna: The Art of Jewelry, Thames & Hudson, London, 2017, pp. 92-3

'Valiant and watchful, the cockerel is traditionally seen as the king of the farmyard and the herald of a new day, and was associated with the sun and the sun god Apollo in antiquity. From the Romanesque period onwards, it was placed on church towers to greet the dawn and call worshipers to morning prayers. Owing to its Latin name Gallus, it also became the emblem of the land of Gaul, and later of the king of France and subsequently France itself, a roll it still holds today. This is the proud and noble bird that Jean Lurçat's simmering design alludes to.' – Patrick Mauriès and Évelyne Possémé, Fauna: The Art of Jewelry, Thames & Hudson, London, 2017, pp. 92-93.