Designed as two open-work griffin-heads each set with a triangular-shaped diamond accent, embellished with baguette- and circular-cut diamonds, balancing between them an oval-shaped natural saltwater pearl, circa 1925-1930, attributed to...
Designed as two open-work griffin-heads each set with a triangular-shaped diamond accent, embellished with baguette- and circular-cut diamonds, balancing between them an oval-shaped natural saltwater pearl, circa 1925-1930, attributed to Lacloche Frères. Accompanied by a certificate from the SSEF stating that the pearl weighing 10.40 carats (41.59 grains) is a natural saltwater pearl.
Note: Chimera bangles are one of the most iconic designs produced by the big Parisian jewellery houses from the late 1920s to the 1970s. The concept of a bangle with decorative terminals goes back to many ancient civilisations, as does the depiction of mythical beasts composed of disparate animal features, but this is a beautiful example of the opulent stylisation that can be seen from the 20s to the 70s - more great bird than great beast - the griffin-like creatures in this bracelet are decadent defenders of the wrist rather than anything more frightening. Note also the early use of fancy-cut diamonds with the triangular-shaped accent in each head, fancy cuts such as this had become facilitated by advances in technology and had only just begun to be experimented with when this bangle would have been made. Lacloche were known for experimenting with triangles in particular during this period.
According to the client who consigned this for sale at Christie's auction in 2008, this bangle had been given to her by a member of the Lacloche family on her wedding day. Indeed there is a bangle of similar inspiration found in Daniela Mascetti & David Bennet's 'Understanding Jewellery' signed Lacloche, plate 602.