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French jewelry designer Claude Lalanne

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Mimosa choker necklace. Gilt bronze, metal. Circa 1990. French jewelry designer Claude Lalanne

Mimosa choker necklace. Gilt bronze, metal. Circa 1990. French jewelry designer Claude Lalanne

French jewelry designer Claude Lalanne
Creative team of jewelry designer Claude Lalanne (1924 – 2019) and her husband sculptor François-Xavier (1927-2008), became known as ‘Les Lalannes in the 1960s. It happened when Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Bergé and Christian Dior commissioned them to create some jewelry pieces. Claude also collaborated with many of renowned avant-garde artists and jewelry companies of the time. Among them, in particular, was the oldest and best of Greek jewelers of the time, Zolotas. Inspired by the aesthetics of fashion world, surrealism and Art Nouveau, floral and fauna, her jewelry is much-sought-after today.
Claude Lalanne began participating in jewelry art exhibitions in Paris in 1964. She handcrafted her unique earrings, necklaces and bracelets using bronze, silver, vermeil, gold and their alloys. In the 1970s she created floral jewelry and evening bags with a variety of flower designs, such as anemone, ginkgo, and hydrangea. She found inspiration for her botanical jewelry designs in her gardens implementing them in wearable art.

Francois-Xavier (1927-2008) and Claude Lalanne (1925-2019)

Francois-Xavier (1927-2008) and Claude Lalanne (1925-2019)

Maker’s mark

Maker’s mark

Anemone brooch pendant. Galvanized copper, circa 1980s

Anemone brooch pendant. Galvanized copper, circa 1980s

Butterfly silver earrings with articulated wings and clips on reverse. 1990s

Butterfly silver earrings with articulated wings and clips on reverse. 1990s

Collar necklace. Gilded bronze with electroplated galvanized copper. 1974

Collar necklace. Gilded bronze with electroplated galvanized copper. 1974

‘Collerette’ gilded bronze earrings. 1980

‘Collerette’ gilded bronze earrings. 1980

Daisy gold earrings

Daisy gold earrings

Floral design with leaves and hydrangea flowers belt. Galvanized copper and bronze. 1990

Floral design with leaves and hydrangea flowers belt. Galvanized copper and bronze. 1990

Gooseberries dangling from a leaf clip earrings. Gilt bronze. 1984

Gooseberries dangling from a leaf clip earrings. Gilt bronze. 1984

Gooseberry gilt bronze necklace. 1984

Gooseberry gilt bronze necklace. 1984

Hortensia petals 18k gold necklace. Circa 1990

Hortensia petals 18k gold necklace. Circa 1990

Hydrangea petals gilded bronze clip earrings, 2016

Hydrangea petals gilded bronze clip earrings, 2016

Made for Zolotas sterling silver choker necklace ‘Lips’. 1975

Made for Zolotas sterling silver choker necklace ‘Lips’. 1975

Orchid handbag. Black leather, gilded bronze. 1989

Orchid handbag. Black leather, gilded bronze. 1989

‘Papillon’ gold clip earrings. 1990s

‘Papillon’ gold clip earrings. 1990s

Signature

Signature