Jean Després (French, 1889-1980)
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Classic Modernism in the form of a timelessly elegant cocktail set by Jean Després, the shaker signed to the base in hand-engraved script and each of the six cups bearing the immediate visual signature of the chain or ‘gormette’ motif created by the designer. He convincingly captured the streamlined aesthetic of the Machine Age and a strong Art Deco feel defines the distinctive vision of a truly original artistic talent.
Height of shaker: 10 inches (25 cm)
Height of cups: 3 inches (8 cm)
A designer as well as a jewellery maker, Després was perhaps best known for his intricate jewellery designs made with semiprecious 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 Desprès can be seen in the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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