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Henri Vever

Henri Vever (1854-1942)

Henri Vever was a third-generation jeweler who worked with his brother Paul. They became both partners in the family business in 1874. Paul was the commercial director and Henri became the creative director. They won their first price at the Exposition Universelle of 1889.

Henri Vever used naturalistic themes of flora and fauna and he was a master enameller and made fantastic jewels in the Art Nouveau style.

Besides being one of France’s most renowned Art Nouveau jewelers, Henri Vever was also an art historian, a critic and a writer. His book ‘La Bijouterie Française au XIXe Siècle’ (translated by Katherine Purcell as ‘French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century) is still the most important reference book on French jewelry.