Rare Jean E. Puiforcat Art Deco silver miniature footed-bowl c1935 (Paris, c. 1930 to c. 1938)

Dimensions   3.30cm high
(  1.30 inches high)

7.50cm diameter
( 2.95 inches in diameter)


1.27 Troy Ounces (39.50 grams)


Rare Jean E. Puiforcat Art Deco silver miniature bowl on stepped foot. c1935. The bowl and foot both bear the Puiforcat maker's mark and the 0.950 fineness mark for high-grade silver.
The ribbed, bulbous section between the bowl and the foot is actually porcelain (or at least ceramic), designed to look like wood.

Puiforcat served in World War I. After the war, he apprenticed as a silversmith and a designer. He lived in Paris. He designed in the art deco style. His silver work had smooth surfaces and was based on the geometric series. Ivory, onyx, lapis lazuli, and rosewood were used to decorate pieces. Puiforcat left Paris and moved to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, around 1927 and in 1928, he co-founded the Union des Artistes Modernes.
Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia calls Puiforcat the "most important French Art Deco silversmith".

What is less well known, is that he played both rugby and tennis at National level in France and was also a member of the French Ice Hockey team that competed at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.


1930 to 1938
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