Georges Le Saché
Georges Le Saché was born into a creative family in Paris in 1849. His grandfather Jean-Jacques Le Saché, was an engraver for the Paris Mint and was commissioned by the Mayor of Ghent in 1810 to make a medal. His father Emile was a talented engraver as well andhis mother ran a jeweler shop in Paris’s Palais Royal. He planned to attend the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris to become more involved in painting however his parents sent him to Germany in 1866 aged 17. He went to work for Friedman Jewelry which was well known in France at the time. This is also where Carl Fabergé also went to train. Once home in Germany he wanted to travel again and headed to England where he studied the arts. In 1870 he returned to France when the war started and spent six months serving in the 1st battalion of the Seine regiment until March 1871. When he left the regiment he headed to London for a year before moving back to Paris and finding work as a designer for the jeweler Lucien Falize. The two men became collaborators and friends. In 1877 after five years of working with Falize, Le Saché left to join manufacturing jewelers Baucheron et Guillain. He married Baucheron’s daughter and it was inevitable he would take it over as his own. There Tiffany & Co. commissioned various pieces from him. Le Saché ran the workshop for over thirty years.