JEAN FOUQUET (1899-1984)

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JEAN FOUQUET (1899-1984)
Rare modernist clock in onyx, crystal, carnelian, lapis lazuli and malachite. Original case, signed "G. FOUQUET 6, rue Royale PARIS" and annotated: "To our dear friends Pelletier souvenir of fraternal collaboration Colonial Exhibition 1931 Madagascar. Gabriel Veissière". Model created around 1927. H : 10 cm W : 10 cm D : 6 cm Bibliography : model reproduced in the magazine "l'Officiel de la couture de la mode de Paris" of December 1927. The Bijouterie FOUQUET was a shop located at n°6 rue Royale in Paris, whose decoration was entrusted in 1901 to Alfons MUCHA. Dismantled in 1923, it can be seen today in the Carnavalet Museum. In 1895, Georges FOUQUET became the owner of one of the most prominent jewellery shops in Paris. Heir to his father's business, Jean FOUQUET is the son of Georges FOUQUET, jeweller known for his art nouveau inspired creations. He creates avant-garde jewellery with new materials such as ebony, silver, chrome steel or white gold. His creations were so successful that the city of Paris chose him to make a piece of jewellery for Princess Marie-José of Belgium. In 1925, he won a prize at the Exhibition of Decorative and Industrial Arts. From 1926 to 1928, he exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs, using white gold and semi-precious materials, with flat surfaces and simple geometric shapes. He was a master of juxtaposing geometric elements with strong colors to achieve a harmonious balance. His work is in the same aesthetic spirit as that of his contemporaries Raymond TEMPLIER, Paul BRANDT, Gérard SANDOZ and Suzanne BELPERRON. He was one of the founding members of the UAM (Union of Modern Artists). Gaston PELLETIER was the director of the Economic Agency of Madagascar and commissioner of the International Colonial Exhibition of 1931 for the pavilion of Madagascar, which he entrusted to the architect Gabriel VEISSIERE (1884-1945). Gaston Pelletier added to his high functions eminent artistic qualities that everyone can admire in the beautiful book of doctrine that he has just written in collaboration with Louis Roubaud : Images et Réalités Coloniales. The main pavilion of the Grande Ile was designed by the architect Veissière, whose plans were executed by the company Pollet & Vachez, and more particularly by the sub-engineer Lescuyer. Gabriel Veissière was able to recall in an evocative setting, the sober lines of the royal palaces of the Hova dynasty. In memory of this collaboration, Gabriel VEISSIERE offered to Gaston PELLETIER our clock by Jean FOUQUET.
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