Pair of Art Deco Vases done by Jean Despres
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About Pair of Art Deco Vases done by Jean Despres
Jean Eugene Gilbert Despres (1889-1980) was born in Avallon, a small town in Burgundy, where his parents had a small shop selling jewelry and gifts. At the age of 16, he went to Paris to apprentice with a friend of his father, who had a jewelry and metal workshop in the Marais. At night, he studied design. Any spare time was spent in Montmartre, where he met Modigliani, Soutine, DeChirico, Signac, and most important, Georges Braque, who, with Picasso was the founder of Cubism. Despres and Braque became great friends. Jean Despres was one of the most important French Art Deco designers, designing both metal objects,and extra-ordinary jewelry. This simple and elegant pair of vases exhibit some of Despres' favorite design element, reeding, hammered surfaces .They are in silvered metal, Despres seldom made objects in silver. France, circa 1930s. Measures: base 4.5" x 9.5", vase is 13.5" x 13.5" Signature inscribed on the bottom of the each vase. Priced as a pair. Could be sold separately.