Jean Goulden, ‘An Important and Rare Centerpiece’, 1930, Sotheby's: Important Design
Jean Goulden, ‘An Important and Rare Centerpiece’, 1930, Sotheby's: Important Design

From the Catalogue:

Jean Goulden traveled to Macedonia as a military doctor during the first World War. There he discovered Byzantine art and was deeply influenced by the beauty of Byzantine enamelwork. Upon returning to Paris, he settled in a workshop in Montparnasse next door to Lambert-Rucki where he painted and developed his own unique aesthetic in enamel. He became close friends with Jean Dunand and Jean Louis Schmied with whom he realized a few exceptional collaborative pieces of furniture and book bindings. From 1921, Galerie Georges Petit held a number of highly successful exhibitions of the works by Dunand, Jouve, Schmied and Goulden.

Working in enamel allowed Goulden to develop his artistic singularity and revealed his passion for technical research. His rare enameled pieces are emblematic of the bold colors and geometric forms that dominated the new Art Deco aesthetics of the period.

The present lot, exhibited at the Galerie Georges Petit in 1931, is an exceptional example of Goulden’s talent to combine an ancient technique with a thoroughly modern form.

—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: incised JEAN GOULDEN and CXXII 1930 and with maker's mark

Dunand Goulden Jouve Schmied, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, December 10, 1930-January 6, 1931

Jacques Baschet, "Intérieurs Modernes," L'Illustration, May 27, 1933, p. 31
Bernard Goulden, Jean Goulden, Paris, 1989, p. 91

Barry Friedman, Ltd., New York
Sotheby's New York, November 19, 1992, lot 165
Private Collection, New York
Sotheby's New York, June 17, 2004, lot 56
Acquired from the above by the present owner