FRENCH ART DECO SILVER-INLAID IVORY & ONYX VASE

by Eugenie O'Kin (1880-1948)
France, circa 1920's


5 3/4" wide; 4" long; 2 ¾" high

The footed hemispherical ivory body finely carved with silver-studded overlapping flames bordering two lower circular medallions enclosing silver-centered circles. The circular handles are made of white onyx.

Eugenie O'Kin was the finest tabletier in ivory of the 20th century. Her work was displayed at the 1925 Paris Exposition and Ruhlmann employed her to do ivory work for his furniture. She was married to Henri Simmen and created covers and finials for some of his ceramic pieces. Her work is quite rare, and when it occasionally appears in a salesroom is passionately pursued by Art Deco collectors.

Incised Kin within an oval underneath.

Provenance:
John Mecom, Houston
Barbara E. Deisroth, LLC, New York

Exhibited:
Similar carved ivory vase, Musée D'Orsay, Paris

Literature:
Yvonne Brunhammer and Suzanne Tise, "French Decorative Art 1900-1942", Flammarion, Paris, 1990, p. 49.
Alastair Duncan, "Art Deco Complete", Abrams, New York, 2009, p. 304.

Exhibition only - Inv. #171