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  • Literature

    Yvonne Brunhammer, Le Style 1925, Paris, ca. 1970, p. 167 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    French jeweler Jean Desprès was one of the most important of the Artiste-Bijoutiers associated with the Art Deco movement. He was also the only jeweler who actually made the pieces himself, making him a "studio jeweler," and thus giving his work a direct artistic quality. He was associated with such forward thinkers as Georges Braque, one of the founders of Cubism, who was a great friend of Desprès. For a short time after WWI, Desprès worked at an aircraft production plant and these rigid mechanical shapes can be seen in his work, which clearly reflects the new, pared-down aesthetic of the 1920s and 1930s.

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Rare brooch

1920s
Silver, onyx, gold. Engraved “J. Desprès.”
2 7/8 x 1 1/4 in. (7.3 x 3.2 cm)

Estimate
$12,000 - 16,000 

Design and Design Art

24 May 2007
2pm New York