'Eve' Art Nouveau Buckle

JULES DEBOIS (1851-1935)

'Eve' Art Nouveau Buckle

c. 1902 France

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Literature: cf. Modern Design in Jewellery & Fans, Studio Special 1902, pl.16 & 17, design illustrated pl.18.
Gabriel Mourey wrote in the French section: ‘The jewels of M. Jules Debois are works of pure sculpture. His vision, at once broad & delicate, takes the form of beautiful female forms in dreamy or voluptuous attitude, sleeping amid the masses of their abundant hair, against a background of gold, or shell, or whatever the material may be. Any womanly gesture suffices; and, in truth, what more is needed to make a real work of art in the form of a brooch or a button? No conventional flowers, no complicated interlacements, nothing “decorative” in the bad sense of the word; yet his work is powerfully and delicately modern. M. Debois’ jewels are perfect pieces of sculpture’
The Paris Salons 1895-1914, Jewellery, Volume I, Alastair Duncan, 1994, p. 186.
Museum collections Paris include: the Louvre, the Museum of Modern Art & the Petit Palais
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Height 6.60 cm (2.60 inches)
Width 6.90 cm (2.72 inches)
Signed: ‘J. Desbois’
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