A French Art Deco silver tazza by Emile Puiforcat, circa 1930
A French Art Deco silver tazza by Emile Puiforcat, circa 1930. Of circular form with a ribbed wood stem and supported on a graduated, stepped base. Mark of Emile Puiforcat. The bowl is struck with a silver guarantee Minerve mark beside the makers mark with the underside struck 'Keltz-Bloch Puiforcat'. 9.9 in (25.2 cm) diameter, 3.9 in (10 cm) height. Weight: 733 grams. This particular example marked 'EP' would have been produced by Jean Puiforcat (1897 - 1945) the grandson of Emile Puiforcat who continued to use his Grandfathers initials. Jean Puiforcat was a famous French silversmith, sculptor and designer and is generally considered to be the most important of all French Art Deco silversmiths. His works are highly prized with Andy Warhol notably having been an avid collector of his pieces, often acquiring them during his visits to Paris in the 1970's. After Warhol died in 1987, Sotheby's sold the Puiforcat collection as part of the Warhol memorabilia sale in 1988. One highlight was a Puiforcat tureen with aventurine decoration selling for $55,000. Currently Puiforcat works are exhibited in the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in Manhattan.
Auction Date: February 2018