Table lamp by Jean Perzel
Excerpt from the dictionary of decorative artists (edition 1953):
Jean Perzel was born in Bruck, Bavaria, Germany, on May 2, 1892. At a young age, he learned the trade of glass painter in Munich and, at 16, he first came out of school, he undertook, on foot, his tour of Europe: Austria, Czechoslovakia , Switzerland, Upper Italy, then France. Along the way, he gets hired in workshops to earn a living and learn about the different techniques. In 1910 he arrived in Paris, entering the home of a master glassmaker who sent him after a year to carry out important work in Algiers. Returned to Paris in 1914: it was war; he enlisted in the Foreign Legion, was demobilized in 1919 and naturalized French. He still works as a glass painter, especially at Gruber.
From 1920 to 1939, Art Deco revolutionized 20th century architecture and design and saw the birth of the Jean Perzel company, which will make its mark on the world of lighting and decoration, by creating lighting and furniture in glass and bronze. , which will adorn the most prestigious places.
These pieces can be found at the court of the King of the Belgians, at Henry Ford's house or at the Rothschild family's house. He is responsible for organizing the lighting of the SDN in Geneva, the Luxembourg Cathedral, the Canadian Embassy in Lahaye and the liner Normandy.
Jean Perzel participates in various international exhibitions and competitions where he wins numerous awards. His notoriety soon allowed him to highlight the interiors of celebrities or politicians such as the King of Morocco, the King of Siam in Bangkok, the Maharajah of Indore, General de Gaulle and President Georges Pompidou.