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Modernist cocktail pitcher by Maison Desny, 1925

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Reference: 6798

Maison Desny, Paris

An extremely scarce nickel-plated Modernist cocktail pitcher or water jug, the tall slender vessel almost cantilevering from an elongated curved handle scrolling up from a circular foot. Signed ‘DESNY PARIS’ to the edge of the handle. Recently repolished, this jug is in museum-quality condition. French, circa 1925.

Height: 10 inches (26 cm)

Maison Desny was located at Avenue des Champs Elysées in Paris from 1927 to 1933 and was established by M. Desnet and Clément Nauny (the name ‘Desny’ being an amalgam of their two surnames). During its brief history, Maison Desny created complete interiors for a select clientele, designing furniture, murals, rugs, lighting and decorative objects in a strikingly refined and geometric modernist vocabulary. They collaborated with artists and designers including Diego and Alberto Giacometti, André Masson, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Djo Bourgeois, Eckart Muthesius and Jean-Michel Frank, and created interiors for Worth and Chanel. The short lifespan of the company and short production period (due to Desnet’s death in 1933), has resulted in all of Desny’s work being scarce and highly sought-after today.

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