Art Deco Diamond Chatelaine Watch by Lacloche Frères
An Art Deco chatelaine-lapel watch by Lacloche Frères. The three pendant sections decorated with raised black lacquer floral and foliate motifs on a red lacquer background. The terminals further adorned with rose-cut diamonds and a single pearl at the bottom. On the reverse, a watch with a rectangular dial and Arabic numerals. Circa 1926. Signed and numbered.
Inspiration for Art Deco jewellery was drawn both from the urban cityscape and the ‘ocean liner’ aesthetic favoured by architects such as Le Corbusier. The sleek sides of the ocean liner’s black hull was mimicked in the prominent use of onyx in Art Deco designs.
European jewellers including Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels also looked beyond Europe for inspiration. Asia was a source of decorative motifs. Floral designs from Persian carpets or Japanese calligraphy were copied and set with colourful gemstones.
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