Jean PUIFORCAT (1897-1945): Silver bowl on rosewood stand, 1938, signed

 

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Jean Elisée PUIFORCAT (1897-1945) : Rare and very elegant small sterling silver bowl (ring holder) on solid rosewood stand and stepped round base. Signed on the base 'Jean E. PUIFORCAT' with the Puiforcat hallmark 'EP' with the knife between the letters and the 1st grade silver mark "Minerva head"; on the bowl Puiforcat hallmark and Minerva head also.

circa 1935

Height : 4,5 cm - 1 3/4 in
Diameter : 11 cm - 44 1/4 in
Weight : 100gr.

Jean PUIFORCAT (1897-1945) Jean PUIFORCAT (1897-1945):
Born into a Parisian silversmiths family Jean PUIFORCAT became a leading designer in the field in France between the two World Wars. At the outbreak of World War One he was seventeen years old. He joined the army and when he was discharged he started his apprenticeship in the family firm whilst studying sculpture under Louis-Aimé LEJEUNE (1884-1969).
In 1922, after approximately four years as an apprentice, he started his own business as a silversmith, working in the fashionable Art Deco style, and showed in Jacques-Émile RUHLMANN's Pavilion of a Rich Collector at the 1925 Paris Exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels.
He continued to work in Paris until 1927 and then married in October 1927 a Cuban girl, Marta ESTEVEZ ABREU, daughter of Luis ESTEVEZ, vice-president of the Republic of Cuba and of the Cuban milliardaire Marta ABREU ARENCIBIA. Thereafter, he moved to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, in the Basque Country near the Spanish border and nicely situated on the Atlantic coast-line. Here he continued his silver-work and developed his continued passion for sculpture.
Committed more to the abstract forms and restraint of Modernism than the more decorative aesthetic of the applied arts in France he joined the Union des Artistes Modernes (UAM) established in 1929. He was interested in mathematics and worked with geometrically inspired forms.
Jean PUIFORCAT reached the peak of his popularity in 1937, when an entire pavilion was dedicated to his work at the 1937 Paris Exposition des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne.
With the rise of Fascism in Europe he settled in Mexico, where he opened a silversmithy in 1942.
He died in 1945.

Bibliography:
René HERBST : Jean Puiforcat, orfèvre sculpteur, préf. de Paul Léon. Paris. Flammarion. 1951.
Françoise de BONNEVILLE : Jean Puiforcat. Paris. Éditions du Regard. 1986.
Jeanne QUEHEILLARD/Claude BOUCHARD : Puiforcat, le dessous de l'iceberg, préface de Laurent E. Momméja. Suresnes. B. Chauveau. 2008.

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