The 1910’s: Same Time, Different Place

Chanal French Art Nouveau Hand-Hammered Pewter Dresser Box (LEO Design)

Yesterday we showed an American Arts & Crafts brass humidor which enjoyed design inspired by the Gothic. Shown above, another metal vessel of the same time period—1910-ish—but this time made in France.  It was made by the Parisian couple, Alice and Eugene Chanal.  Both were born in 1872.  Starting about 1910, they produced a range of French Art Nouveau (and a little Art Deco) boxes, vases, trays, chargers and other decorative objects of hand-hammered pewter.  Eugene died in 1925 and the workshop was closed.  His wife, Alice, died in 1951.


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