EUGENE FEUILLATRE – INKWELL “PAVOT”, CIRCA 1898 INKWELL “PAVOT”, CIRCA 1898 Silver, with an enamelled decor of peacock feathers highlighted with gold; the lid in silver stylized as a poppy seed Signed underneath and with maker’s mark on the lid 7 cm. high; 9 cm. diameter Exhibition Salon des Artistes français, 1898 French Jewellery of the Nineteenth Century – A Loan Exhibition, Wartski, London, 13-23 June 2001, p. 51, n. 263 in the catalogue for a similar design illustrated Bibliography L’Art décoratif moderne, juin 1898, Les objets d’art aux salons by Arthur Maillet, ill. p. 133 Art et Décoration, 1904, vol. I, p. 39 Maurice Rheims, L’Objet 1900, Paris, 1964, ill. p. 34, pl. 18 Die Jugenstil Sammlung, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, vol. I, cat. n°655 Michael Koch et al, The Belle Epoque of French Jewelry, 1850-1910, 1989, pl. 179 Eugène Feuillâtre started his career in 1890 as head of René Lalique’s enamelling workshop which he led for seven years. Considered as one of the best enameller of his time, he was also a talented sculptor and goldsmith. His creations were displayed for the first time in 1898 at the Salon of the Société des Artistes Français. This exhibition brought him great success. During that year, he also acted as a member of the jury alongside Lalique and Fouquet for an exhibition at the New Gallery in London. By 1899, he began working on his own. He also joined the Belgian association «Libre Esthétique» and the Société des Artistes Français with whom he exhibited until 1910. The year 1900 brought him a gold medal at the Paris World Exhibition. This inkwell is one of his earliest and most accomplished work. Other examples of this inkwell can be found in European museums such as the Musée de l’horlogerie et de l’émaillerie, Musées d’Art et d’Histoire de la Ville in Geneva, Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris, Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, and the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Budapest.