by Jean Després (1889-1980)
France, circa 1934

8 3/4" wide; 4" high; 7/8" deep

Silvered metal with martelé surface.
Impressed for silver plate with Despres's rectangular poincon JD goblet.

Jean Després was an Art Deco jewelry designer who captured the streamlined, modern aesthetic of the Machine Age and translated it into his graceful and refined designs. As a young man, Després moved to Paris where he studied design, apprenticed with a silversmith and spent his free time associating with avant-garde artists such as Léger, Modigliani, De Chirico and Braque, one of the founders of Cubism. After the outbreak of war in 1914, Després worked on the industrial design of airplanes which later influenced his jewelry designs. After the war, he began to design original avant-garde jewelry in silver because of it was affordable and in fashion with the new taste for white metal. Després also created a range of tableware and decorative objects in gold, silver and pewter. He participated in many successful national and international exhibitions garnering many awards and much acclaim. Many fellow artists and writers were patrons of his work including Anatole France, Paul Signac, Francois Pompon, renowned critic Andre Malraux and more recently Andy Warhol who collected his jewelry and tableware.

Melissa Gabardi, "Jean Després; Jeweler, Maker, and Designer of the Machine Age", Thames & Hudson, New York, 2009, p. 138 for a similar example.

$40,000 - Inv. #1066