GRAND COFFRET

by Jean Goulden (1878-1946)
France, 1932


10 1/2" wide; 8" long; 3 1/2" deep

Gilt copper with green malachite, lapis lazuli, red-brown and black champlevé enamel.

Inscribed JEAN GOULDEN CXLVII.

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. The rich enamel colors of the Grand Coffret aptly exemplify this technique and it 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:
Goulden Family by descent

Exhibited:
Jean Dunand Jean Goulden, Galerie du Luxembourg, Paris, May-July 1973
Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1932

Literature:
Bernard Goulden, "Jean Goulden", Editions du Regard, Paris, 1989, p. 47 drawing and p. 81 illus.; CXLVII in Catalogue Raisonne, p.151.
Jean Dunand Jean Goulden, Galerie du Luxembourg, Paris, 1973, p. 119, cat. no. 155.

$800,000. - #75