Art Deco Tantalus Jacques Adnet
Chromium Plated From our Tantalus collection, we are pleased to offer this Jacques Adnet Tantalus. The Tantalus of regular form with a Chromium plated body featuring three crystal glass decanters with stoppers. When unlocked the carry handle features a roll... Read More
Fitted with Three Crystal Glass Decanters Circa 1930
From our Tantalus collection, we are pleased to offer this Jacques Adnet Tantalus. The Tantalus of regular form with a Chromium plated body featuring three crystal glass decanters with stoppers. When unlocked the carry handle features a roll on and off centre pivot which gives access to the three decanters located in the body of the Tantalus. Designed and made by French company Jacques Adnet during the Art Deco period Circa 1930.
Decanter Dimensions 20.3 cm High x 7.6cm Square (8 x 3 Inches)
Jacques Adnet (1900-1984) was a leading French Art Deco modernist designer, architect and interior designer. He believed in the functional aspect of furniture combined with geometrical simplicity. Jacques Adnet was inspired by pre-classical styles and was well acquainted with traditional furniture.
Tantalus, the origin traces back to the 19th century in England when a German born cabinetmaker George Betjemann patented the Tantalus model in 1881 (UK Patent 58948). Betjemann & Sons had workshops at 34–42 Pentonville Road, London from the 1830s specialising in high quality Boxes for various uses and Decanter sets including the Tantalus.
The name ‘Tantalus’ is a reference to the unsatisfied temptations of the Greek mythological character Tantalus, son of Zeus. It is told that he was trapped in Tartarus, made to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low hanging branches. The fruit would forever elude his grasp and the pool would recede before he was able to quench his thirst. The story is in reference to the lockable aspect of the Tantalus eluding anyone trying to access the decanters without the key.
Art Deco was a style of visual arts, architecture, and product design that first appeared in France in the 1910s. It flourished in the United States and Europe during the 1920s to early 1930s. It was hugely prevalent through styling and design of the exterior and interior of anything from large structures to small objects and even influenced fashion and jewellery. Art Deco has influenced bridges, buildings, ships, ocean liners, trains, cars, trucks, buses, furniture, and everyday objects like radios and vacuum cleaners. It has become extremely popular today and is highly desirable to collectors and trendsetters in the fashion industry.
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