Wednesday, 29 December 2010


Founded by Alphonse Fouquet in 1860 in Paris, 35 Avenue de l’Opera. In 1895 his son Georges took over the reigns of the business breaking the Neo-renaissance tradition and developing the Art Nouveau style. He worked very closely with Alphonse Mucha who designed the famous posters, the new headquarters and even some pieces amongst which were the important commissions for Sarah Bernhardt. They were extremely successful at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris and will continue producing Art Nouveau jewells until the First World Ward. In 1919, Georges was joined by his son Jean who took on board the new Art Deco style, specially on its geometric trend. They received a a special mention at the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs.

As fan as I am of Art Deco, in Fouquet I prefer their Art Nouveau creations, they were truly groundbreaking and remarkable, maybe Mucha's influence was too difficult to beat!.

I found this ring at A la vieille Russie in New York.