Lucien GAILLARD (1861-1942): Lapping panther, silver-plated metal, not signed



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Lucien GAILLARD (1861-1942) : Lapping panther on a rock. Silver-plated brass on square yellow marble base. Not signed.


Height : 9,8 cm - 3 7/8 in
Base : 8,2 x 7,2 cm - 3 3/16 x 2 13/16 in

Lucien GAILLARD (1861-1942):
Jeweler received in 1893. Lucien GAILLARD was third generation of Parisian jewelers. He took over the family firm on La Boetie 107. In 1892 he took the firm away from jewelry and shifted the emphasis to larger-scale metalwork. Although the larger work did well around 1900 he returned to jewelry.
Lucien GAILLARD employed Japanese craftsmen at his Parisian firm in order to create jewelry as well as vases and objects for the 1900 Paris Exposition. When René LALIQUE saw the extraordinary collection of jewelry, he told GAILLARD to focus on that area. In the following years, his craftsman created unique pieces with special enamelwork, such as the Bluebird Comb.
Although he is now less well-known than LALIQUE, VEVER and FOUQUET, Lucien GAILLARD was one of the greatest jewelery designers of his time. This relative oblivion can be explained by the fact that his original production that was briefer and less spectacular than that of his more famous fellow craftsmen. GAILLARD excelled in the use of horn. This choice puts him in the lineage of LALIQUE who was the first to prefer horn to the traditional tortoiseshell.

Alastair DUNCAN: The Paris Salons 1895-1914, Jewellery, Volume 1: The Designers from A to K. Suffolk. Antique Collectors' Club. 1994.

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