Jean Luce ( French, 1895 - 1964 )
- c. 1933
Square plates became a fashionable alternative to the more conventional round shape early in the 1930s, as designers sought to express a new vocabulary of geometrical forms inspired by the Machine Age. Difficult to produce without sagging corners or warped edges, these shapes were technologically and aesthetically challenging. Jean Luce was among the first tableware designers to be associated with the art deco movement; his creations could be found on the most sophisticated tables, including those on the chic ocean liner the S.S. Normandie. The illustrated plates carry a monogram, illustrating the range of custom design that was possible when purchasing from an exclusive shop like Carole Stupell's in New York. Stupell is known to have carried this design as late as the early 1960s, indicating that a market continued to exist for high modernism well after the war.
Charles L. Venable, Ellen P. Denker, Katherine C. Grier, Stephen G. Harrison, China and Glass in America, 1880-1980: From Tabletop to TV Tray (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000), 432, cat. 55.
DMA unpublished material, Label text [1999.37.1], transcribed 2017.