Jean Fouquet & the Art Moderne Movement

NEW YORK, NY -- The Exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris in 1925 launched the Art Deco movement. A special pavilion at the Exposition housed the up-and-coming designers, all under 35. A young 26-year-old Jean Fouquet (1899-1984) from Tours, France made his début there and impressively won an award at his first Exposition. Another of these emerging artists was Raymond Templier, who went on to become a famed Art Moderne Parisian jeweler.

These young talented designers wanted to break from the glamorous and excessively bejeweled designs that were the rage of the 1920s. They preferred spare and minimal, sleek lines reflective of the machine age. Geometric shapes fashioned from onyx, silver, gold and semiprecious stones with minimal use of precious gems were the preferred choices. A new movement was ready to launch.

In May 1929 the Union des Artistes Modernes was founded by an influential group of Modernist decorative artists and architects who were disillusioned with the conservative Societé des Artistes Décorateurs (SAD) from which they split. They were rising stars in this emerging movement. Jean Fouquet was among the founding members, together with Gérard Sandoz and Raymond Templier. Their mission to abandon the past traditions and designs was reflected in the industrial age inspired abstract geometric lines where the focus was on the design. The Art Moderne movement was born.

The third generation of the House of Fouquet, Jean Fouquet designed jewelry only from 1925 to 1939. As one of the cutting-edge Artist-Jewelers who ushered in the Art Moderne movement, Jean Fouquet created pieces that were decisively modern. His masterful designs reflected an incorporation of shapes and angles juxtaposed in fresh, new interpretations.

Jean Fouquet’s pieces are scarce and rarely come onto the market.

California Jewelry

Auction Monday, November 18, 2019 at 10am
Exhibition November 15 – 17

The California Jewelry auction offers a rare opportunity to acquire an important circa 1935 Art Moderne jabot by Jean Fouquet.

Lot 540
Important Large Art Moderne Gold, Silver, Black Onyx and Diamond Jabot, Jean Fouquet, France
18 kt., rare 3 dimensional design of overlapping layers of gold, onyx, silver circles & semi-circles with elongated triangular slices, set with 29 old European, rose & single-cut diamonds ap. 1.50 cts., signed Jean Fouquet, no. 11369, with French assay mark, circa 1935, ap. 30.4 dwts. Length 5 1/4 inches.
Property from an Important Jewel Collector
Estimate: $15,000-20,000
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