Silvered bronze erotic letter opener with nudes

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Mid Century silvered bronze erotic letter opener or bookmark with nudes by the French artist Jean Filhos (1921-2002) This model was created as the official 1974 Christofle Christmas gift (source: Christofle Museum and Archives service) He studied both architecture and sculpture, but after his meeting with Laurens, which affected him deeply, he abandonned his work as an architect to devote himself entirely to sculpture and metalwork. In 1960, he discovered synthetic materials, which were to become, from that moment on, the element through which he most naturally expressed himself. As a creator of jewellery, he produced a series of erotic pieces that created a certain impact. He has been exhibiting his work since 1962, and has participated in many Salons.      
Artist/ Maker Jean Filhos for Christofle
Signature/ Marks Filhos. Christofle marks
Style Mid Century Modern
Date 1974
Material Silver plated bronze
Origin France
Size (cm) L. 20 cm. x W. 4 cm.
Size (inches) L. 7.9 inch x W. 1.6 inch.
Condition Very good.
Literature “Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs” by E. Benezit. Gründ. Christofle: “Metalkunst vom Jugendstil zur Moderne“, Karl H. Bröhan, Bröhan Museum Berlin. “150 ans d’orfèvrerie Christofle”, Chêne, Hachette

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