Tuesday, March 16, 2010

All Hail Georges Briard

I've been mildly interested in Georges Briard pieces for a while now. He's never really been given the recognition he deserves in my opinion. Born in 1917 in Russia as Jascha Brojdo, he was a prominent designer of dishes, gold plated glass pieces and enamel cookware. He moved to Chicago from Poland in 1937 and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. His signature pieces were a common sight at Neiman Marcus throughout the 50's, 60's and 70's. Georges Briard became his commercial name and in 2004 he was honored with the Frank S. Child Lifetime Achievement Award by The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators. He died in 2005 in New York City at the age of 88. I am especially fond of the Ambrosia series of enamelware, as seen in the photo of the coffee pot. The colors are vibrant and oh so retro. I have seen some of his glass and tile pieces and they are extraodinary in color and design. He is a very undervalued mid-century designer and his pieces can be purchased at a very reasonable price just about anywhere. Buy now because once he's rediscovered it'll be difficult to find his stuff for the current market prices. Not to mention the fantabulous designs!

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