LAPIS LAZULI RING, JEAN DESPRÉS, CIRCA 1940
12,000 - 15,000 GBP
bidding is closed
- Jean Després
Claw-set with a sugarloaf cabochon lapis lazuli, the mount with beadwork decoration and a planished finish, size M, French assay mark and maker's mark for Jean Després.
At the age of 16, Jean Eugene Gilbert Després went to Paris to take on an apprenticeship as a goldsmith with a friend of his father. It was during this time in Paris that he became aquainted with some of the leading artists of the Modernist movement, such as Modigliani, Picasso, Signac, De Chirico, and Georges Braque. Although Modernism and Cubism was to have a strong influence on his later designs, it was his time as an aviation engineer during the Great War that was to have a profound effect on his jewellery designs, incorporating actual machine parts, such rivets and screw motifs and planished decorations into his striking jewels. He is notable for designing and making every piece himself, as he had become an accomplished artisan - perhaps the only studio goldsmith of the Art Deco period.