Covered Box (Former Title)
Jean Puiforcat, French, 1897 - 1945 (Artist)
Jean Puiforcat, the leading Art Deco silversmith in France, began his career after the end of World War I in the studio of his family’s firm. His designs show his interest in geometric forms such as circles and ovals. This centerpiece was designed in 1935, and an identical version was exhibited at the 1937 Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques in Paris.
Marked (under upper rim): maker's mark: E-penknife-P (for Emile Puiforcat but used by his grandson Jean), Minerva head; (on bottom): maker's mark: E-penknife-P/JEAN E. PUIFORCAT/FRANCE
Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis
A similar piece was displayed at the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques, Paris, 1937
©artist or artist’s estate
Some object records are not complete and do not reflect VMFA's full and current knowledge. VMFA makes routine updates as records are reviewed and enhanced.