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Jean Després Futurist Ring


This silver and gold ring by the modernist jeweler Jean Després was designed and handmade by the artist himself in Paris during the 1940s. The rectangular top is composed with an abstract foliate device accented by applied gold beads, the polished forms set off by an all-over hand-hammered “martelé” surface, and flanked by irregularly stepped shoulders. With its intriguing asymmetry, interplay of luminosity and shadow, and clean minimalism, this artistic ring expresses the spirit of the French Art Moderne.

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Item #: R-19964 
Artist: Jean Després, Paris 
Country: France 
Circa: 1945 
Size: 6.25 (this ring may be resized, please contact us for further information); 1.00” length, 0.75” width (top of ring)
Materials: 18K Gold; Silver 
Signed: Maker’s mark, impressed with two silver assay marks

Jean Després successfully unified opposing ideas in his art, creating a dynamic and intriguing tension. In this ring, Després has simultaneously celebrated and metallized a life form, offering a jewel that conveys metallic rigor, organic vitality and the artist’s living hand.