Le Joaillier Léon Devos.
Le Joaillier Léon Devos.
Le Joaillier Léon Devos.
Le Joaillier Léon Devos.
Le Joaillier Léon Devos.
Le Joaillier Léon Devos.
Le Joaillier Léon Devos.
Le Joaillier Léon Devos.
Le Joaillier Léon Devos.
(Illustrated Book)

Le Joaillier Léon Devos.

Devos, Léon (illus.)

Bruxelles: Ets. Guy Onkelinx, 1924. Small quarto. (40)pp. Illustrated with ten color plates of Art Deco jewelry design and six allegorical color plates, a full-page black & white unattributed image, and a small vignette by American artist Lawrence Sterne Stevens. The jewelry designs by Devos, an important Belgian jeweler, are elegantly styled to the Art Deco aesthetic, and expertly rendered in the plates. The designs are divided into five sections by type of gem—diamonds, pearls, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds—and each section is prefaced with an illustration by Sterne Stevens of exotic foreign locales and beautiful women and men draped in jewels. Sterne Stevens was born in Michigan and worked as a cartoonist while taking night classes at the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts. By chance, Alphonse Mucha visited his former teacher at the school and was introduced to Sterne Stevens; with Mucha's encouragement, Sterne Stevens moved to Belgium in 1910 to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Following the war, he worked as a designer and illustrator from 1924 to 1937 before returning to the States to work as a freelance illustrator. This trade catalogue, then, would have been one of his earliest works during this period of production in Belgium. Bound in brown wrappers with decorative cord at the spine. The front is enhanced by an embossed design printed in dark brown and light blue. Typed letter on the company stationary, signed by Devos, laid in. The letter, which would accompany the catalogue, invites the recipient to visit the showroom at 63 rue de Namur, where they could find "un assortiment vraiment unique." Fine. Item #27464

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