Jacques Adnet (French, 1900-1984)
Birth Place: Chatillon-Coligny, France
Who was designer Jacques Adnet?
Jacques Adnet was a French furniture designer, interior designer, and major proponent of the Art Deco movement. His avant-garde design approach led him to great acclaim both critically and commercially. He was featured in several prominent exhibitions early in his career, including the Parisian Salon d’Automne in 1925 and the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs the following year. His company JJ Adnet was formed with his brother Jean in 1920, but only lasted for approximately a decade. During that time they created some of the most memorable designs of the Art Deco movement.
Jacques Adnet’s work post-JJ Adnet is extremely varied. He worked with the prestigious La Compagnie des Arts Francais, where he decorated with some of the most famous designers of that era including Francois Jourdain and Charlotte Perriand. His furniture commissions in the 1950s are considered extremely desirable and still fetch high prices at auction. There is a timelessness mixed with avant-garde experimentation that still makes Adnet’s work feel as vital and fresh today as it did when he created it.
What kind of art did Jacques Adnet make?
Jacques Adnet was a French interior designer whose furniture is renowned for its use of the Art Deco aesthetic. His French Modernist pieces were a product of his schooling and background, giving a much-needed shot in the arm to European interior design in the first half of the 20th century. Adnet’s pieces were functional, created with a simplicity of geometry that was inspired by several different pre-classical styles. Adnet was a student of furniture design, incorporating and layering many of these techniques in new and innovative ways that are still being copied today. The furniture he produced during the 1950s is considered high art and is extremely valuable whenever it comes up at auction.
How did designer Jacques Adnet get started?
Jacques Adnet was born in the sleepy town of Chatillon-Coligny, France in 1900. He became a student of design at the Municipal School of Design in Auxerre, where he learned several avant-garde design styles. Jacque’s twin brother, Jean was also a student and the two eventually took their studies to the more traditional Ecole Nationale Superierure des Arts Decoratifs in 1916. It would only be a short four years later, when Adnet was just 20, when Jean and Jacques created their own firm, JJ Adnet in 1920. The next decade saw a flurry of work between the brothers, but their firm was not to last -- it dissolved before the decade was through. After, Adnet began working for larger companies, mostly working in furniture design for which he became well known.
How much are Jacques Adnet pieces worth?
Jacques Adnet’s work encompasses many mediums, pieces on the low end can sell for as little as $65, but major works can go for as much as $28,000. This wide variety of prices has more to do with the type of piece than the quality of the work (his lowest selling piece is a simple ceramic pigeon). The most ever paid for a Jacques Adnet piece at auction is $28,480 for a cabinet (1930) which sold on June 27th, 2018. It’s the perfect example of what makes an Adnet piece great, simple, sophisticated, and an obvious work of someone in complete control of their craft.
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