Josep Masriera Vidal completed his apprenticeship and went on to open his first workshop in Carrer Vigatans, Barcelona.
At the same time that he started out on his career as a jeweller, Josep Masriera also got married to Eulàlia Manovens i Roldós, with whom he had three children. Not only did the Masriera children have to lend a helping hand in the family business, but they also went on to become some of the most important names in Catalan art at the end of the 19th century.
They participated as jewellers in the Aragonese Exhibition held in Saragossa where they won prizes.
Masriera and Sons moved their headquarters to Carrer Ferran VIII, one of the busiest shopping streets in the city. The new shop, Joyería y Platería de J. Masriera e Hijos (J. Masriera and Sons, Jewellers and Silversmiths), was designed by the architect Rafael Guastavino, with the help of a large number of artists and industrialists of the time.
They won the gold medal for the various jewellery and silversmithery pieces they presented at the Barcelona Universal Exposition, as well as the only prize awarded for the presentation of the pieces. The display cabinet they used to present the works is kept in the flagship store in Barcelona.
In the 2nd Exposición General de Bellas Artes (General Fine Arts Exhibition) in Barcelona they were awarded a Diploma of Honour.
21 December, Saint Thomas’s Day, became a legendary day in the history of the firm, as it was the day on which Lluís Masriera publically displayed his modernist and Art Nouveau-style designs for the first time, to achieve great success all round. After his training in Geneva he wanted to apply the plique-à-jour technique to his work.
At the Salon de Beaux Arts in Paris, Masriera won a first place medal.
The fusion of two jewellery dynasties : the Masriera family and the Carreras family, with a long tradition of goldsmithery. The company moved to Passeig de Gràcia 26, perfectly located right in the city centre, in the most prestigious area of the Eixample district.
Josep Bagués i Bagués set up home in Barcelona, having grown up in a country house in Molina de Lletó, part of the Cerc municipality in the Alt Urgell, he married Maria Cerqueda i Olm, who came from Vilanova de Banat, also in Cerc. They went on to have 5 children.
Masriera was given an honourable mention at the Salon de la Société des Artistes Français (Society of French Artists Salon) in Paris.
Their success in Paris then continued at the International Exposition in Barcelona in 1929, where Masriera and Carreras presented their pieces. The display cabinets they used to present their pieces are kept in the flagship store in Barcelona.
The Bagués firm set up shop on the ground floor of Casa Amatller, one of the most famous modernist buildings in Barcelona, located next door to one of Antoni Gaudí’s most important works, Casa Batlló. This establishment is still the company’s flagship store in Barcelona.
Bagués acquired the whole company, creating a dual-brand firm, Bagués and Masriera.
The Barcelona Tourist Board awarded Bagués-Masriera a diploma in recognition of its collaboration in making Barcelona a shopping city of international prestige, and as a founding member of the Barcelona Shopping Line.
Bagués Masriera won a prize at the “Diamonds : Nature’s Miracle” edition of the International Design Competition, awarded by the Diamond Trading Company.
The firm is celebrating its 175th anniversary, which makes it one of the longest-standing creative jewellery designers in Europe. This is why the company is paying homage in two kinds. One to the world of jewellery and the work of a jeweller, with a jewel from the Masriera collection, and another from Bagués’ Barcelona collection, as a tribute to the city that has watched them grow.