Jean Despres Elegant Candlesticks Signed French Silver Plate Metal
Jean Despres important French designer, known for original jewelry designs, champagne buckets, cocktail shakers, and many fine objects of art. This spectacular pair of heavy candlesticks with a hand signature on the bottom of each candlestick, sign J. Despres. This smooth silver-plate finish is a technique you see often in his work in addition to the hammered finish.
The pieces offered here have an exceptional feeling. Many pieces developed with his signature the addition of a heavy link chain called “gormette”. This adorned many of his pieces and played very well against both polished and hammered surfaces, and these pieces were in great demand, and remain so today. His jewelry perfectly expressed the new esthetic of the time. He participated in a number of exhibitions, and his jewelry was very well received. His revolutionary jewelry designs were of three types – “bijoux glaces”, “bijoux moteurs”, and “bijoux ceramique”.
See a special bowl we have available, also by this artist.
Desprès enjoyed using unusual materials in his jewelry. In 1937, he designed a series of pendants, necklaces, bracelets, and pins that incorporated ceramic medallions in the neo-classical style executed by the ceramicist Jean Mayodon. He was nicknamed “the Picasso of jewelry work”, and exhibited in all the important national and international exhibitions, and won numerous prizes. His work was appreciated by, (and purchased by) many important writers and artists- Anatole France, Paul Signac, Francois Pompon, the influential critic and curator Andre Malraux, and more recently, Andy Warhol, who was an enthusiastic collector of his jewelry and boxes. Moving on through the 1940s, ’50s, and into the 1970s, his work became somewhat less complex, relying more on a hammered surface with perhaps a simple motif, and he also produced some interesting pieces in 18k gold, but most of the later pieces do not have the originality and power of his earlier designs.
Despres was also a very prolific designer of useful objects, including all manner of pieces for the table, including vases, tea and coffee services, flatware, trays, candelabra, pitchers, serving pieces, and much more. The earlier of these pieces are quite severely geometric, and show great restraint in their design, often relying on only a hammered surface for textural interest. Moving into the 1940s, he introduced a design feature that was perhaps a bit more commercial but gave his pieces great chic.
5.5″ T x 5.5″ W (at bottom) x 5″ W (at top)