Monday, April 1, 2013

Vintage Designer Spotlight - Georges Briard

As collectors and purveyors of all things vintage, we come across designers who catch our eye and appeal to our own sense of style.  Occasionally, a designer will appeal to me, not only for the above reasons but because of their business/branding savvy.  These people were the trendsetters of decades.  They formed "looks" that would last for years to come...amazing really, when you think about it.  For my first vintage designer spotlight, I chose Georges Briard...barware & glassware, table & kitchen linens and a wide variety of china & serving pieces, this man was the master of mid century branding!

Georges Briard (born Jascha Brojdo 1917 to 2005) was an artist and award winning designer of mid century housewares.  An interesting man who was born in the Ukraine, moved to Poland and emigrated from Poland to Chicago in 1937.  After attending the Art Institute of Chicago, he joined the military, serving on General Patton's staff as a Russian interpreter.   Upon completion of his military service, he moved to NYC, where he worked under Max Wille.  An artist at heart, Briard painted under his given name and sold commercially under Georges Briard.  He became wildly popular from the 1950's to the 1970's...quite the man!

As his designs spanned 20 to 30 years and into the more recent '70s (well they're recent to me:)), the availability of items is plentiful and affordable...right now.  Personally, I believe that in the years to come, his barware and serving pieces will pick up some collectible steam making them more valuable...thereby being a good investment now (but in this business, you never know and this is only my opinion).

This Mod Georges Briard Coffee Pot Percolator is from Antonia's on Ruby Lane
One of my personal favorites is this set of Anemone mugs...love the colors and a great way to brighten up that morning coffee while sitting on the patio...at WhimsicalVintage on Ruby Lane

A spectacular example of the range in which he designed, is this lovely Imperial Imari Tea Trio offered by Wisteria Lane Vintage Glass and Collectibles on Ruby Lane
So whatever you're in the market for...google vintage Georges Briard and I'm sure you'll find something that strikes your fancy!  Happy Hunting!!

Next week's Spotlight will be on one of my absolute favorite costume jewelry designers...I'll leave the name a mystery for now:)

Thanks for reading!!

~Pam


4 comments:

  1. He didn't come from Poland, he came from Russian. Diana from www.Glassloversglassdatabase.com.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Diana. Yes he was born in the Ukraine but emigrated from Poland to Chicago - I was not stating his place of birth, just where he had emigrated from (and where he spent the majority of his younger life). I have edited the post to show his place his place of birth.

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  2. could anyone assist me in determining weather I have purchased a fake Georges Briard? I have a few pieces of Celeste that are beautiful and are original , but I recently purchased a piece listed as gold crown on clear pebbled glass however the gold does not feel as though it is is painted on the surface and is a different color than the 22k gold on the celeste pieces and the signature is slightly different than on my two celeste pieces. finally the overall weight of the peace is lighter than celeste pieces.
    my question is are these variances to be expected in his work or is it likely a fake. thank you for any assistance you can provide

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by:) I have not seen any "fake" Georges Briard pieces, so far. If the pieces were put in the dishwasher, it could effect the color of the gold. Also there were quite a few manufacturers of the Briard pieces, so variations would be expected. As far as the signature, I have never seen any variations on that but it doesn't mean that there weren't any. Unfortunately, I'm sure this isn't much help. Here is a link to an article on antique trader that may be of some assistance. I would leave a comment and possibly the author of the article will respond.
      http://www.antiquetrader.com/antiques/ceramics/hypnotic-briard-housewares-still-captivating-collectors-after-more-than-60-years
      Thanks again for stopping by and the best of luck in your search:)

      ~Pam

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