Jean Puiforcat: A Pioneer in Modern Silverware Design

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Jean Puiforcat: A Pioneer in Modern Silverware Design

Jean Puiforcat was a French silversmith and designer who became one of the most important figures in modern silverware design. He was born in 1897 in Paris, into a family of silversmiths who had been producing luxury silverware since the 19th century.

His work was characterized by its simplicity, functionality, and elegance, and he was one of the first designers to embrace the modernist movement in the field of decorative arts.

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Jean Puiforcat & His Path to the Future

Puiforcat studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he learned traditional techniques of metalworking and engraving.

After completing his studies, he began working for his family’s business, Maison Puiforcat, where he quickly established himself as a talented designer.

In 1920, he was invited to exhibit his work at the Salon d’Automne, one of the most prestigious art exhibitions in France at the time.

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    Puiforcat Petanque Vase Large Silver Plated

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    Size: H 18 cm

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    Puiforcat Oil Dispenser Granville Walnut Silver Plated

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    Height: 6,7 in ( 17,018 cm) , Ø 5,1 in (12,954 cm)

    Capacity: : 25 cl

    Designed by Grégoire de Lafforest.

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    Puiforcat Infusion Cup Phi Silver Plated

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    Meticulously crafted in glass and adorned with a silver-plated base, this exclusive infusion cup is a harmonious blend of materials, elevating the art of herbal ceremonies to unparalleled levels of sophistication.

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    Height: 5,5 in (13,97 cm) , Ø 5,8 in (14,732 cm)

    Capacity: 23 cl

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    Puiforcat Salt and Pepper Mill Set Granville Silver Plated

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    Height: 9 – 6,7 in (22,86 – 17,018 cm) , Ø 2.6 in (6,604 cm)

    Capacity: : Pepper 1,2 OZ – Salt 7 OZ

    Designed by Grégoire de Lafforest.

Immediate Success of Jean Puiforcat

Jean Puiforcat’s work was immediately well received, and he became known for his clean, modernist designs that eschewed the ornate and decorative styles of the past.

He was also a pioneer in the use of stainless steel in silverware design, which was a relatively new material at the time.

Puiforcat believed that silverware should be both functional and aesthetically pleasing, and his designs were often characterized by their simplicity and practicality.

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Jean Puiforcat & How he Gained his Reputation

Puiforcat’s early work reflected the Art Deco style that was popular at the time, featuring bold, geometric shapes and streamlined forms.

However, he soon began to develop his own distinct style, which emphasized simplicity and clarity of line over ornate decoration.

One of Puiforcat’s most famous designs is the “Argent Massif” silverware collection, which he created in 1928.

The collection was characterized by its clean lines, geometric shapes, and lack of decorative embellishments.

It was an instant success, and Puiforcat’s designs quickly gained a reputation for being some of the most modern and innovative in the field of decorative arts.

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Puiforcat’s Collaboration with Designers

Throughout his career, Puiforcat collaborated with some of the most influential artists and designers of the time, including Le Corbusier, Pierre Chareau, and Jean-Michel Frank.

He also worked with some of the most prestigious luxury brands, such as Hermès and Cartier, designing silverware and other decorative objects that reflected his modernist sensibility.

In addition to his work as a silversmith and designer, Puiforcat was also an accomplished writer and critic.

He wrote extensively on the theory and practice of design, and was a frequent contributor to journals and magazines such as Art et Décoration and L’Architecture Vivante.

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    Puiforcat Phi Tray in American Walnut Small

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    Lenght: 11,9 in (30,226 cm) Height: 0,8 in (2,032 cm) , Width: 5,9 in (14,986 cm),

    Capacity: 3 tea boxes

    Designed by Normal Studio.

     

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    Puiforcat Art Déco Ice Bucket Silver Plated

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    Puiforcat Art Déco Ice Bucket Silver Plated is a truly exceptional item just perfect for your drinking everyday routine. Gift box included.

    Size: 80 cl – Ø 11,5 cm – H 12,5 cm

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    Puiforcat Cyclamen Napkin Ring Sterling Silver

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    Puiforcat Cyclamen Napkin Ring Sterling Silver is a truly exceptional item just perfect for your drinking everyday routine. Gift box included.

    Size: Ø 5,1 cm – H 2,5 cm

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    Puiforcat Reflets Napkin Ring Sterling Silver

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    Size: Ø 5 cm – H 1,5 cm

Unique Puiforcat’s Silverware Design

Puiforcat continued to design silverware and other decorative objects throughout his life, and his work remained popular well into the 20th century.

He was awarded several prestigious awards for his work, including the Légion d’honneur in 1948.

He also became a professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, where he passed on his knowledge and expertise to a new generation of designers.

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Spirit & Legacy of the Brand Puiforcat

Today, Puiforcat’s work is highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts around the world.

His designs are considered to be some of the most important in the history of modern silverware, and his influence can still be seen in the work of contemporary designers today.

The Maison Puiforcat continues to produce luxury silverware and decorative objects that embody the spirit and legacy of its founder.

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    Puiforcat Art Déco 1927 Octagonal Tray

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    The Puiforcat Art Déco 1927 Octagonal Tray, featuring a silver-plated finish and wood handle, is a true embodiment of sophistication. This exceptional tray not only serves as a functional accessory but also elevates the aesthetic appeal of any home. With its meticulously crafted design and a harmonious blend of materials, it becomes a statement piece, seamlessly infusing elegance into daily rituals.

    Size: 57 x 34 cm

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    Puiforcat Pour Le Champagne Tumbler Gold Gilt

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    Height: 3,9 in ( 10 cm) , Ø 2,6 in (6,5 cm)

    Capacity: : 10 fl oz (30 cl)

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    Puiforcat “Euclide” Rectangular Tray Silver Plated

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    Puiforcat “Euclide” Rectangular Tray Silver-plated is a truly exceptional item that will add a aesthetic flair to any home.

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    Size: 44 x 29,5 cm

     

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    Puiforcat Vase Ruban Silver Plated

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    Puiforcat Vase Ruban is a truly exceptional item that will add an aesthetic flair to any table.

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    Size: Ø 11,6 x H 19,5 cm

Jean Puiforcat: a Visionary Artist of All times

Jean Puiforcat was a pioneer in modern silverware design, whose work continues to influence designers today.

He was a master of clean, modernist designs that prioritized functionality and simplicity, and his standard lives on in the work of contemporary artists.

Puiforcat’s legacy as a designer and innovator has endured to this day, with his work still being celebrated and collected by art enthusiasts around the world.

Jean Puiforcat was a visionary artist and designer who left an indelible mark on the world of decorative arts.

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His work reflected a deep understanding of the principles of form and function, and his designs continue to delight those who appreciate the beauty of simplicity and modernism.

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    Puiforcat Tumbler Grelots Sterling Silver

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    Size: 12,5 cl – Ø 6,5 cm – H 7 cm

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    Puiforcat Etchéa Art Déco 1937 Small Tray

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    Puiforcat Etchéa Art Déco 1937 small Tray vide-poche Silver-plated is a truly exceptional item that will add a aesthetic flair to any home. Gift box included.

    Size: Ø 18,8 cm – H 4,4 cm / ∅ 7.4 in – H 1.7 in

     

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    Puiforcat Etchéa Art Déco 1937 Teapot

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    Puiforcat Etchéa Art Déco 1937 Teapot with wood handle Silver-plated is a truly exceptional item that will add a aesthetic flair to any home.

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    Size: 80 cl – H 11 cm

     

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    Puiforcat Etchéa Art Déco 1937 Candlestick Large

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    The Puiforcat Etchéa Art Déco 1937 Candlestick, crafted in silver-plated splendor, stands as a testament to exceptional artistry, poised to elevate the aesthetic appeal of any home. This extraordinary piece transcends the ordinary, seamlessly merging functionality with a captivating visual allure that promises to transform the ambiance of any living space.

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    Size: H 18 cm

     

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