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Jean Després (1889-1980)

A stylish and important, heavy gauge martéle finish Champagne bucket, with trademark Després chain motif around the foot and rim of the bucket, with curled side handles terminating in a spherical detail. Signed J-DESPRÉS to the base.

Height: 9 inches (22 cm).

A designer as well as a jewellery maker, Després was perhaps best known for his intricate jewellery designs made with semi-precious stones, machine parts and enamel. Heavily influenced by Cubism, Després was a contemporary of Braque, Picasso and Modigliani, and an active member of the Montmartre set. Works by Després can be seen in the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Price Code: ££££

Reference: 5985

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