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Jean Després Modernist Dôme Ring


Dating from circa 1945, this Modernist “Dôme” ring by the Parisian artist Jean Després is composed of gold and silver. Designed as a hammered demi-sphere, the silver dome is accented by gold double arched motifs and broad curvilinear elements that serve as a frame, while the broad shank is highlighted by conforming motifs in silver and gold. The ring is an elemental statement of strong design, an exploration of geometry and volume by a modern French master.

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Item #: R-20048
Artist: Jean Després, Paris 
Country: France 
Circa: 1945 
Size: 7 (this ring may be resized, please contact us for further information) 
Materials: 18K Gold; Silver 
Signed:  With maker’s mark "JD" and French silver assay mark 
Documentation/Literature: Pictured in Jean Després: Jeweler, Maker, and Designer of the Machine Age, by Melissa Gabardi, New York, Thames & Hudson

In 1920s Paris, Jean Després associated with leading avant-garde artists, including the important Modernist artist Georges Braque, who played a key role in the development of Cubism. Després’ jewels explore geometry, fragmented surfaces, and reductivism, suggesting that he shared Braque’s belief that an artist experienced beauty "… in terms of volume, of line, of mass, of weight."