The term «Art Deco» was first used in the 1960's and not in the 1920's at a time when collectors showed a keen interest in the objects, glass works and furniture designed between the two world wars.
Art Deco lovers have now been numerous throughout the world and auction sales as well as reference books have been multiplying in the past ten years.
Gabriel Argy Rousseau,
ovoïd vase "Thebes" glass
What is fashionable today has much to do with Art Nouveau and Deco stuff because both styles do marry well with modern trends.
Truly, the designers of the early years of this Century were much inventive and creative. They did not hesitate to turn their backs to the heavy 19th Century forms and to produce modernistic objects and furniture in line with the achievements of a new brand of architects.
Jean Dunand, sleeve-bracelet
in silver with geometric design
Art Deco found its source directly from Art Nouveau which emerged around 1895 mostly in Austria and in France.
It must be stressed that the Austrian 1900 designers played a major part in inventing new forms, notably Josef Hoffman and Koloman Moser who created the Wiener Werkstätte after they came under the influence of Britain's William Morris or Rennie Mackintosh. The Vienna designers chose purity contrary to the French who were attracted by intricate forms.
Hermes, cigaret box in silver and silver-gilt
with geometric bands decor