Art Deco Jewelry Modernist Masterworks and their Makers

Évelyne Possémé


This comprehensive survey features Art Deco jewelry made by the world’s leading designers and makers between 1910 and 1937. Not only does it include famous names from the Art Deco period; it also restores other notable jewelers to their proper place in one of the most creative eras for beautiful, stylish work.

Drawing on public and private collections worldwide, the book includes some of the best-known pieces of Art Deco jewelry, together with many original drawings and designs. A number of the world’s foremost authorities explore the world of Art Deco jewelry with essays on the context of the modern movement; on clients and collectors; on the relationship between jewelry and the fine arts, architecture, and the movies; and on the world of graphic art,
commercial design, and advertising.

Eighteen makers are featured individually, including Paul Brandt, Suzanne Belperron, René Boivin, Louis Cartier, Jean Després, Jean Fouquet, Gérard Sandoz, and Raymond Templier. There is a complete guide to all the illustrated pieces, and suggestions of further reading both on the individual artists themselves and on the period in general. With contributions by Laurence Mouillefarine, Arlette Barré-Desponds, Michel Wlassikoff, Hélene Andrieux, and Melissa Gabardi.


Presents some of the finest pieces of art deco jewelry made in the early to mid 20th century by some of the top designers and jewelry firms.

— Metropolitan News-Enterprise

Dealing with what is arguably a high point of 20th-century design, this catalog moves beyond literature aimed at collectors to a scholarly level based on serious research.

— Library Journal


Évelyne Possémé


Évelyn Possémé is chief curator at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in the Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and antique and modern jewelry department.