Japanesque brooch

French
about 1925
Lacloche Frères (Spanish, founded in 1875 (also working in Paris))


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 3.6 x 5.2 x 0.6 cm (1 7/16 x 2 1/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2533

Medium or Technique

Platinum, gold, enamel, diamond, ruby, and onyx

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Collections

Europe, Jewelry

Classifications

Brooches

The brooch is designed as a pave-set, diamond rectangular plaque with onyx branches and buff-top ruby blossoms with a black enamel border. The diamonds are old, European cuts (est. carats 11.25) and the horizontal pin is removable. The brooch has its original Lacloche box. There is also a card printed “Marlborough House S.W.1 and a handwritten note “For Angela from Mary R, 1952.” The date suggests that it was a wedding gift from Queen Mary to Angela Lascelles on her marriage to Hon. Gerald Lascelles, second son of Princess Mary and a grandson of George V.

Signed

The brooch has a fitted, pink leather case signed Lacloche Freres, no. 66252.

Markings

Lacloche Freres (in block letters along back right side). French assay marks for platinum (dog's head) and gold (eagle's head) on lower right gallery and armature. Engraved C6252 (or CG252) and scratch marks 23355/?symbols (?cost code) on underside.

Provenance

1952, gift of Queen Mary of England (1867-1953), wife of H.M. George V (1865-1936), to Hon. Mrs. Angela Lascelles (1919-2007) on the occassion of her wedding to Hon. Gerald Lascelles, a first cousin of the Queen; 2007, sold at auction by Christie's London (12 December 2007) to Hancocks & Co. Ltd. (London jewelry dealer); purchased from Hancocks & Co. Ltd. by MFA (Accession date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund