Jean Puiforcat (1897-1945) was a French Art Deco designer, working primarily with silver. Born to a family of silversmiths in Paris, he studied sculpture with Louis-Aime Lejeure before beginning commercial work in 1922. Puiforcat reached the peak of his popularity in 1937, when an entire pavilion of the Paris Exposition des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne was devoted to his work. He fled World War II to Mexico, where he continued his work until his death in 1945.
[Above] Soup tureen (silver, 1935, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal).
Teapot (silver, gold, and lucite; 1935; Dallas Museum of Art).