The Maison Fouquet is renowned for its Renaissance Revival and Art Nouveau work. The founder was Alphonse Fouquet who, in 1839, became a part of the jewelry industry at the young age of 11 years; working as an apprentice to Henri Meusnier, a Parisian jeweler. The house has been managed by a lineage of Parisian jewelers. In 1895, George Fouquet, the founder’s son took over ownership of the brand and quickly led the family business to success; establishing a new shop at No. 6 Rue Royale, in 1901. The shop was given an exclusive Art Nouveau design by Alfons Mucha. In 1923, the entire shop was dismantled and taken to the Carnavalet Museum to be put on public display.
The family jewelry line continued with Jean Fouquet, the son of George Fouquet, who joined the design team in 1919. Similar to his father, Jean had a strong passion for innovation and was one of the founding members of the Union des Artistes Modernes, an organization dedicated to furthering the progress of Modern Art. He had an abundance of creative talent and was highly appreciated for his creations; acquiring inspiration from the Art Nouveau.
In addition, his talent was justly acknowledged when he won the award at the Exhibition of Decorative and Industrial Arts, in 1925. Despite experiencing a severe drawback and closure, following a crisis in 1929, the Fouquet house maintained its creation of exclusive and magnificent jewelry pieces. Jean Fouquet went on to win a gold medal at the Brussels World Fair, in 1958.
Jean Fouquet was a staunch supporter of modern aesthetics. Despite many of his creations being crafted in white or gray gold or even platinum, with polished finishings, Jean Fouquet was bold enough to create jewelry pieces from the less favored metals in the jewelry world, such as ebony, silver, chrome steel, etc. Where his father, George Fouquet, was a fan of hard stones, like jade, lapis lazuli, coral, amongst others as well as fine stones, Jean Fouquet favored bold combinations of colors and geometric designs in the creation of a perfectly harmonious jewelry piece. He thoroughly scrutinized every single aspect of the production process without ever overlooking even the smallest detail.
Jean Fouquet’s outstanding artistic works are today displayed at the Museum of Decorative Arts. Furthermore, Miller is pleased to offer, both at the store and on the website, stunning vintage jewelry signed Fouquet at discounted prices.