This is a beautiful and rare signed piece by Georges Briard. It is a divided serving dish that is simply lovely. Definitely something to have great pride of ownership. Photographs definitely do not do this very special piece justice. I have done research on what is available, and have not seen this piece anywhere. We have had expert friends date this to the 1950s -1960s.
George Briard (born 1917, as Jascha Brojdo in the Ukraine - died July 30, 2005) was a noted, award winning designer in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. He is most well known for his signature dishware and glassware - everything from cups and plates to gold plated serving dishes. Most famous for dishware and glassware, his signature collection was stocked at noted department stores, such as Neiman Marcus and Bonwit Teller.
Born in Russia, he moved to Chicago from Poland in 1937. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago while living in Oak Park with relatives, where he earned his MFA. He served in the U.S. Army throughout World War II as a Russian interpreter. As an Army interpreter fluent in several languages, he served on Gen. George S. Patton's staff. In 1947, he was discharged from the Army and started working in New York with Max Wille, whom he had met in art school. Brojdo began painting metal serving trays for sale, and evidently Wille came up with the name Georges Briard to mark commercial pieces – Brodjo was also a painter and would use his real name on his art pieces, but Georges Briard became his signature as a designer of these commercial articles, which were wildly popular and numerous. His notable designs were produced first by M. Wille Company, and later in a partnership with Philip Stetson.
In 2004, he was awarded the Frank S. Child Lifetime Achievement Award by The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators, in honor of his extraordinary contributions to the glass and ceramic decorating industry. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Bronya (née Marks). On July 30, 2005 he died in New York City at the age of 88. (Thanks to Robbins Nest!)
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