Jean Lurçat (Bruyères 1892-1966 Saint-Paul de Vence) 'Roue' necklace 18 carat gold, silver, one black pearl and one baroque pearl Executed by Patek Philippe, Geneva, 1960 Chain 66 cm Pendant Ø 8 cm
The French painter Jean Lurçat is internationally known for his creations in tapestry and ceramics. He became interested in jewelry at a late stage. His first pieces, intended for his wife, are unique pieces realized in 1959 in the workshop of goldsmith François Hugo. In 1960, the Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe commissioned him to create a series of more elaborate and costlier models in gold, of which only a few were produced. His favorite themes, however, remain the same, with suns, moons, faces, animals and foliage, which all seem to come straight out of the graphic world of tapestries. An exceptional collection of all the original Patek Philippe models (17 in all, executed under the direction of the renowned Swiss jeweler Gilbert Albert) was donated in 2003 to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris by Ms Simone Lurçat, the artist's widow. Copy n° 1 of this model, called 'Wheel', is preserved at the museum. The copy presented today is numbered 2/6; it was Patek Philippe's exhibition model in Geneva.