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Scarce Jean Després Machine Age Silver Ring


Jean Després (1889 – 1980) went to Paris for an apprenticeship in silversmithing. There in his early teens he was influenced by such avant- garde French painters such as DeChirico, Braque and Modligliani. As a young man he experienced the rigors of World War I during which he worked as a draftsman for airplanes and parts. This exposure impacted on his perspective regarding the design of jewelry along with the influence of the Modernist aka Art Deco movement and the Machine Age. He developed a reputation among his peers as an exceptional innovator in design and jewelry with a bold industrial appearance reflected in gold, silver and enamel.

Scarce, highly collectable and greatly desired, Josephine Baker and Andy Warhol were avid admirers and collectors. Many examples of his work can be viewed in the book “Bijoux Art Deco” by Sylvie Raulet. In addition, please note that Machine Age aesthetics were incorporated not only into the Modernist world of German Bauhaus design, the Constructivist Movement of Russian art and architecture but also into the furniture design of Le Corbusier and the sculpture of the Italian Futurists.

Machine age style clearly struck Després with the force of a mega-ton bomb. Streamlined, clean, the juxtaposition of actual machine parts with precious metals, utopian, exact, logical and objective with cylinders, verticals, cubes and squares all came to bear on his use of these ideas translated into this hammered sterling silver ring of unprecedented style.

Date: Circa 1930.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 1-3/8 of an inch (3.5 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 1/4 of an inch (0.6 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 20.1 grams (12.9 dwt).

Ring Size: US 7-1/4 (UK O; Euro or Int. Circum. 55.0 mm; Int. Dia. 17.5 mm; Japan over a 14) and easily can be sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.

Hallmarks: French crab mark; JD for Jean Després.

Condition: Excellent; light overall wear

Origin: French.

Note: All metals are acid tested.

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