Sunday, 29 May 2011

JEAN DESPRÉS: Hammered silver Art Deco Brooch

Jean Després (1889-1990), never considered himself an artist.

He took pride in his craftsmanship, rather than design he was interested in the transformation of materials and experimenting with them. He exhibited his gold and silver objects of vertu and jewellery from the First World War onwards in a very innovative way using coloured glass and prints usually made by Etienne Cournault. He was declined at the 1928 “Salon d’Automne” because the Organization considered him to be too modern!.

He belonged to the Art Deco generation of artist-jewellers that was inspired by geometry, volume and architecture, the age of the machine and the beginning of abstract and conceptual art. They view their creations as closer to sculpture than jewels and used "modern" materials like titanium and stainless steel.

This is a very simple brooch from the 1930's in hammered silver that belongs to spanish antique dealer Marta Alcolea.