Jean Després, Jeweler, Maker and Designer of the Machine Age

Jean Després, Jeweler, Maker and Designer of the Machine Age

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Celebrates the work and legacy of the forefront art deco designer whose work reflects the streamlined aesthetics of his time, providing insight into the role of avant-garde artistry on his vision, his World War I contributions in airplane industrial design, and his innovative jewelry and tableware creations.

Norton Pub
A definitive celebration of the work of this noted Art Deco designer.
Jean Després (1889–1980) was an Art Deco designer who captured the streamlined, modern aesthetic of the age of the machine and transformed it into objects of great beauty.As a young man, Després became acquainted with avant-garde artists in Paris, including Modigliani, de Chirico, and Braque, and, after the outbreak of war in 1914, he worked on the industrial design of airplanes. He later transferred this experience and inspiration to his family’s jewelry business, where he became known for his innovative geometric patterns. He also created a wide range of tableware and decorative objects in gold, silver, and pewter, whose bold, industrial looks were uncompromisingly modern, yet always graceful and refined.Many drawings and designs are reproduced here for the first time, and original photographs are complemented by a number of new photographs taken especially for the book. Després has always been the jeweler of choice for informed collectors and insiders: Josephine Baker was an early admirer, and Andy Warhol’s personal collection was sold at Sotheby’s New York in 1988. This splendidly illustrated survey of his work will delight new admirers and connoisseurs alike.

Publisher: London ; New York : Thames & Hudson, 2009
ISBN: 9780500514788
Branch Call Number: 739.2709 DESPR GABAR
Characteristics: 247 pages : color illustrations, plans ; 32 cm
Notes: Published on the occasion of the exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 19 March-12 July 2009, and The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, 28 January-18 April 2010


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