Backgammon

Joker

Precious games

J as in Joker

The creative flair of tireless designer Jean Puiforcat can be seen everywhere. Naturally, his prime focus was on the arts of the table, with the cutlery, butter dishes, sauce boats, candlesticks and coffee and tea services featuring his virtuoso Art Deco hallmark. But the 1,500 sterling silver pieces he designed for the House between 1920 and 1935 also include an array of clocks, toiletry cases and even parlor games. One stunning example is this extraordinary chess set from 1927.

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Silver and leather dice tray

Silver and leather dice tray

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Equally exceptional is this silver and leather dice tray, created by the House's silversmiths in collaboration with the leather craftsmen at the Hermès workshop. A detail-oriented man, Jean Puiforcat went so far as to design the motif adorning the cup himself. 

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Original card drawing by Jean & Marta Puiforcat

Original card drawing by Jean & Marta Puiforcat

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 As for the deck of cards he designed together with his wife Marta – he imagined the figures while she chose the colors – it may well have influenced the great Salvador Dali and his famous surrealist playing cards. Jean Puiforcat was truly the inventor of "fun" luxury, an art the House's silversmiths perpetuate even today: the latest creation is this backgammon set, with its sterling silver checkers and precious wood board that lift board games to the level of objet d'art.

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