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Teapot
  • Teapot
    Puiforcat, Jean Elisée, born 1897 - died 1945
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Teapot

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1936-1937 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Puiforcat, Jean Elisée, born 1897 - died 1945 (designer)
    Elkington & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, rosewood handle and finial, parcel gilt

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.521&A-1974

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 68, The Whiteley Galleries, case 1 []

This service is a faithful copy by the Birmingham manufacturer, Elkington of a Puiforcat design first produced in 1936. The design appears in the Elkington pattern books although no acknowledgement is made to the source. There is no evidence to suggest whether this is an unofficial copy or whether it was made under licence to Puiforcat.

Jean Puiforcat was a French silversmith, designer and sculptor. After service in World War I, he joined the family firm of silversmiths, working as an apprentice and designer. Concurrently he studied sculpture with Louis-Aimé Lejeune (1884–1969). Puiforcat exhibited continuously from 1920 to 1937 and worked independently from 1922. He designed silver objects in the Art Deco style as simple volumes with smooth profiles and surfaces and proportions based on geometric ratios (e.g. soup tureen, c. 1925; Grenoble, Mus. Grenoble). The austerity of these forms was tempered by areas of gilding, decoration in other materials (e.g. rosewood, ivory, onyx, lapis lazuli) or by decorative bands of ribbing or reeding. About 1927 he left Paris to live in Saint-Jean-de-Luz where he continued to design silver and to work as a sculptor. In 1929 he was a founder-member of the Union des artistes modernes. His designs were mostly for tableware, but in 1934 he exhibited liturgical silver for the first time, and the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (1937), Paris, included his stone sculpture of René Descartes (The Hague, Maison France). At the onset of World War II he left France, eventually settling in Mexico (1941). He opened a studio in 1942 and exported his silver mostly to the USA. He returned to Paris in 1945 but died immediately after his arrival.

Physical description

Teapot and lid. Silver with a wooden knop and handle. Part of a tea service with Circ.522&a to Circ.524-1974. The body of the pot has a gently flared cylindrical form with three horizontal ribs standing out on the sides. The spout consists of a small opening at the top of the rim. The square sectioned wooden handle has a double curved E shape.The slightly domed lid has an almost circular wooden knop with its centre pierced.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)

Date

1936-1937 (made)

Artist/maker

Puiforcat, Jean Elisée, born 1897 - died 1945 (designer)
Elkington & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, rosewood handle and finial, parcel gilt

Marks and inscriptions

base: maker E & Co for Elkington and Co., anchor, sterling, date letter M (1936-7), serial no. 38020
lid: sterling, date letter

Dimensions

Diameter: 15.2 cm, Height: 14.5 cm, Length: 21.5 cm

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 74 / 2338
Purchase - £480 - for complete set Circ. 521-524-1974
From Chiu, 10 Charlton place, Camden Passage, London N1.

Part of a tea service. This service is a faithful copy by the Birmingham manufacturer, Elkington of a Puiforcat design first produced in 1936. The design appears in the Elkington pattern books although no acknowledgement is made to the source. There is no evidence to suggest whether this is an unofficial copy or whether it was made under licence to Puiforcat.

Descriptive line

Silver and rosewood, Birmingham hallmarks for 1936-7, mark of Elkington and Co., designed by Jean Puiforcat.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Illustrated in, F de Bonneville, Puiforcat, p.131
Bliss, Simon. 'Thoroughly modern: reflections on the work of Jean Puiforcat'. The Silver Society Journal, vol. 15, 2003, pp. 141-49
Benton, Tim, Manuel Fontán del Junco and María Zozaya, eds. Modern Taste. Art Deco in Paris 1910 - 1935. Catalogue of the exhibition in Madrid: Fundación Juan March, March 26 - June 28 2015. Madrid: Fundación Juan March, 2015. ISBN 9788470756290

Labels and date

TEA SERVICE
Silver, parcel-gilt, the knops and handles of Brazilian rosewood
Birmingham hallmarks for 1936-37
Mark of Elkington & Company and the number 38020
Designed by Jean Puiforcat, 1936

This service is a faithful copy by the Birmingham manufacturer Elkington, of a Puiforcat design first produced in 1936. The design appears in the Elkington pattern books although no acknowledgement is made to the source. There is no evidence to suggest whether this is an unofficial copy or whether it was made under licence to Puiforcat. [2000]

Materials

Silver; Gold; Rosewood

Techniques

Gilding

Categories

Metalwork; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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