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French jewelry designer Georges Lenfant

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French jewelry designer Georges Lenfant

Bird brooch. 18 K gold, platinum, emerald, turquoise, diamond. Made for Van Cleef & Arpels, 1960s. French jewelry designer Georges Lenfant

French jewelry designer Georges Lenfant
Born in the 1880s, French designer Georges L’Enfant grew up in the world of jewelry design. While still a teenager, he worked as an apprentice in jewelry workshops before studying goldsmithing in Paris and abroad. Having founded Duparc et L’Enfant in 1899, Georges opened his own workshops in 1909 at 47 rue des Petits-Champs and 31 rue Danielle-Casanova in Paris. Within three years, Georges attracted the attention of several jewelry magazines, including Revue de la Bijouterie and Joaillerie, which published articles about the young talented jeweler. In addition, the most prestigious jewelry houses of the time noticed his creative and exquisite design and workmanship. As a result, L’Enfant created jewelry for such famous brands as Cartier, Mellerio dits Meller, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co, Hermes, Sandoz, Jean Été, Boivin, Bulgari, Frères and others.
Noteworthy, the product labeling is different. Thus, L’Enfant’s earliest jewelry includes DL (Duparc et L’Enfant), and from 1909 he marked jewelry with his initials GL.
In 1915, his son Jacques, who was only 11 years old, joined the family business. He took over the business in the 1940s and created some of his father’s most memorable designs. Both designers Georges and Jacques collaborated with other jewelry houses. One of them was Sandoz. After many years with Sandoz, Georges Lenfant bought the Sandoz company (1927). In addition, at the end of World War II, L’Enfant acquired Frères.
In 2003, Georges Lenfant ceased to exist.

1960s - 1970s gold textured woven design bracelets

1960s – 1970s gold textured woven design bracelets made for Hermes, Bulgari and Cartier

Trademarks

Trademarks DL (1899-1909) and GL (since 1909)

French jewelry designer Georges Lenfant

Aquarius Zodiac sign pendant. 18 K gold, made for Cartier. 1970s

Aquarius Zodiac sign pendant. 18 K gold, made for Cartier. 1970s

Braided knot design yellow gold cufflinks. Georges L'Enfant for Hermes Paris. 1960s

Braided knot design yellow gold cufflinks. GL for Hermes Paris. 1960s

Capricorn Zodiac sign pendant. GL for Van Cleef & Arpels. 18 K yellow gold. 1970s

Capricorn Zodiac sign pendant. GL for Van Cleef & Arpels. 18 K yellow gold. 1970s

Caterpillars. 18 K gold, enamel, turquoise, diamonds, emerald, sapphire

Caterpillar brooches. 18 K gold, enamel, turquoise, diamonds, emerald, sapphire

Chalcedony, seed pearl and diamond brooch

Chalcedony, seed pearl and diamond brooch

Coral and gold bracelet. GL for Fred. 1970s

Coral and gold bracelet. GL for Fred. 1970s

Diamond sapphire gold necklace, made for Mauboussin

Diamond sapphire gold necklace, made for Mauboussin

Owl brooch. 18 K gold. Made for Jean Été

Owl brooch. 18 K gold. Made for Jean Été

Ribbon bow of textured 18K gold, made for Bvlgari

Ribbon bow of textured 18 K gold, made for Bvlgari

GL for Bulgari 18 K yellow gold bracelet. 1970s

GL for Bulgari 18 K yellow gold bracelet. 1970s

Libra Zodiac sign 18 K gold pendant

Libra Zodiac sign 18 K gold pendant

Oval egg shape gold earrings with diamonds. Made for Tiffany & Co

Oval egg shape gold earrings with diamonds. Made for Tiffany & Co

Pisces zodiac sign gold pendant made for OJ Perrin

Pisces zodiac sign gold pendant made for OJ Perrin

Rectangular shape textured gold cufflinks

Rectangular shape textured gold cufflinks

Sapphire and gold cufflinks. GL for Van Cleef & Arpels. 1960s

Sapphire and gold cufflinks. GL for Van Cleef & Arpels. 1960s

Shell cufflinks. 18 K gold

Shell cufflinks. 18 K gold