I don’t know about you, but part of the reason that I love vintage so much is the history and story behind it all. It’s completely fasinating to me to get to know who the creator was and for what reason (if any) their work was created the way that it was.
This week we are going to start with someone who is a fairly new discovery for me, but his range of work over decades has only grown in collectibility from wildly popular to firestorm.
If you are any fan of 1950’s, 60’s or 70’s vintage glass barware, you have probably heard of the famous Georges Briard. I first ran across his work when I bought a glittered Fire King casserole dish at a thrift store in a small town a few hours north of my house in Eastern Washington State. I was excited because I had never seen a Fire King like this before, but never considered that it may have been designed FOR them until I started my research.
It turns out it HAD been designed for them, by the very talented Georges Briard. In Ukraine on May 17, 1917, Georges Briard was actually born Jascha (Jakub) Brojdo. He immigrated to Chicago in the mid 30’s where he studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago and earned his MFA before working as a Russian interpreter in the US Army under General Patton during World War II.
After being discharged in 1947, he continued painting and began painting and selling metal trays. An alternate name, Georges Briard, was used to mark his new of commercial pieces, however many of his paintings continued to be signed Brojdo.
Georges Briard’s line turned out to be extremely popular and were stocked by many well-known stores including Neiman Marcus.
His works varied anywhere from stylized modern kitsch illustrations on enamel to intricate gold plated MCM style dinner and barware…with everything in between.
The award-winning artist died July 30, 2005 in New York City at the age of 88.
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