T hroughout her life, Claude Lalanne used jewelry as a method of artistic expression. Her creations would begin in the plating bath. She would submerge flowers, plants and butterflies she had found, using electroplating to cover them with a delicate metallic layer, bringing substance and permanence.
"Claude works as the birds sing, without really thinking about it”
Brambles, cherry blossoms, snakes, butterfly orchids, buttercups and gooseberries all passed through her hands. Speaking of her work, Yves Saint Laurent observed, "What touches me is how she brings together the same high standard of craftsmanship and poetry. Those beautiful sculptor's hands seem to push aside the mists of mystery to reach the shores of art".
This group, the most significant ever to be presented at auction, will feature 51 lots including emblematic pieces such as the artist’s Papillon, Nœud, or Ronce necklaces, as well as brooches, earrings, bracelets, and evening bags.