Ashtray designed by Georges Jouve and Mathieu Matégot
Manufactured in France, circa 1950.
Ceramic and metal.
In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina.
Georges Jouve, Jousse, pg. 167 Mathieu Matégot, Jousse, ppg. 88-89, 111, 183
About Mathieu Matégot
Born and educated in Budapest, furniture and tapestry designer Mathieu Matégot moved to France in the early 1930s, where he worked as a window dresser and women’s clothing designer. He learned metalworking techniques as a prisoner of war in the 1940s, and upon his release began designing furniture, pioneering many of what we now identify as midcentury design tropes, like metal-mounted rattan, steel tubing, and perforated sheet metal. By the 1970s, Matégot returned to producing tapestries, many of which evoke Abstract Expressionist paintings.