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
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
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
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.