Francis Janssens van der Maelen

Jean Serriere (France, 1893-1965)
Pair of large wine-coolers, circa 1920
Swollen form with pedestal, embossed and chased with foliage and vine branches, two small handles welded to the neck on each side.
1st standard silver 950/°°
H 25 cm, Ø 22 cm
Weight: 5477 gr approx.
Marked MINERVE, signature and hallmark of A. HEBRARD, Paris
Unique piece commissioned by Madame Jeanne Lanvin
Provenance: Collection of Madame Jeanne Lanvin and her daughter the Countess Jean de Polignac; sold at Libert auction house, 5 December 2008 in Paris (lot 100) from the private collection of Mr and Mrs L.
Literature: Dominique and Marie Cecile Forest, La dinanderie française, 1900-1950

The Hébrard foundry was founded by the antique art founder Adrien-Aurélien Hébrard (1865-1937). The company moved to 73 Avenue de Versailles in Paris. In 1904, Adrien Hébrard also opened a gallery at n° 8 rue Royale where he presented the works of the artists he produced. The Hébrard foundry mainly used lost-wax casting for limited editions, as well as sand casting, but it also produced goldsmith's and silversmith's models in silver. The lost-wax bronzes produced by Hébrard are renowned for the precision of their impression and the quality of their patina. The foundry ceased trading in 1937 after the death of its founder.

From 1919 onwards, Jean Serriere exhibited his goldsmith's and silversmith's work at the Galerie Hebrard, and from 1920 he took part in the Salon de la Société des Artistes Décorateurs and the Salon d'Automne. His metal works featured in Hébrard's entry for the 1925 International Exhibition.