FRENCH ART DECO BOX

by Jean Goulden (1878-1946)
France, 1930


4 ¾" wide; 2 1/2" long; 3/4" high

Copper with lapis and azure blue champlevé enamel, lapis enamel interior.

Inscribed JEAN GOULDEN CVIII30 and impressed with Goulden's logo, rectangle with JG and a sailboat.
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During World War I, Jean Goulden was a physician on the front line in Macedonia. While there, he discovered the beauty of Byzantine enamel. Between 1923 and 1933, Goulden mastered the technique of champlevé enamelling. This unique box is one of only 190 objects created by Goulden. Jean Dunand, Jean Goulden, Paul Jouve and François-Louis Schmied exhibited together at the Galerie Georges Petit between 1921 and 1932; this was their most creative period.

Provenance:
Barry Friedman, New York
Collection of Steven A. Greenberg, New York

Literature:
Bernard Goulden, "Jean Goulden", Editions du Regard, Paris, 1989, pp. 51 and 72-73 for similar designs; CVIII in Catalogue Raisonne p. 150.

$80,000 - #1049