Art Deco jewelry and the Avant-garde: Jean Després and Modern Jewelers
Paris, Les Arts Décoratifs

The first large-scale exhibition dedicated solely to avant-garde jewelry of the Art Deco period, more than 300 jewels and metalwork are on display from the 1930s, along with photos and designs. During the period between the First and Second World Wars, Paris was the creative capital of the West. The Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925, and the Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in 1937 frame the Art Deco period - the beginning and culmination of the acclaimed style.

On show are approximately 180 of the major and lesser-known works of the jeweler and precious metalsmith Jean Després (1889-1980), alongside works of the great names of French jewelery from the 1930s including: Jean Fouquet, Gérard Sandoz, Raymond Templier. Further mention of architect Robert Mallet Stevens, interior designer Jean Dunand and silversmith Jean Puiforcat exemplify the attraction jewelery exercised over the artists of the period.

March 19 through July 12, 2009
107, rue de Rivoli – 75001 Paris
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