Round pendant by Jean Depres
Metal ‘modernist’ pendant by Art Deco jewellery designer Jean Deprés. Jean Després (1889 -1980) was a French jewelry maker and designer known for his intricate Art Deco jewelry made from semi-precious stones, machine parts, and enamel. Després’ aesthetics were largely inspired by his friendships with avent-garde artists. Despres’ father owned a jewelry shop and sent his son to apprentice with a goldsmith and jeweler when he was 16. Després studied design at nights while in Paris and mingled in the Montmarte scene in his free time, where he met Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, and others. During World War I he worked for the government designing parts for aircraft, and his jewelry became influenced by the utilitarian materials and shapes he saw in the factories. Després’ works were collected and worn by celebrities such as Josephine Baker, Andy Warhol, Paul Signac, and Andre Malraux. His works are in the collections of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, among others. Signed: J. Deprés.
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