Georges Briard (1917 - 2005) was a Russian artist and designer, whose real name was Jascha Brojdo.
After moving to Chicago in 1937 he served in the U.S army as an interpreter, and later moved to New York where he began working with the designer Max Wille. He created the name Georges Briard and used it to sign his commercial work, as he was also an artist and signed his original work 'Jascha Brojdo'.
His 'Georges Briard' designs became hugely popular throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and his work can be found on everything from glass and ceramics to metal tea trays, towels, tableware and cheeseboards.
His designs are often highly geometric, and include strong outlines and repeating motifs. They often feature birds, fruit, regal symbols and abstract designs, created in 22 karat gold leaf.
The most popular patterns include:
- Persian Garden
- Coq D’or
- Forbidden Fruit (apple motif)
- Yule Tide (Christmas tree motif)
- Woodland Melody (bird motif)
- Fancy Free (hot air balloon motif)
- Ambrosia (pineapple motif)
The value of Georges Briard pieces depends entirely on the object, pattern and condition. Signed pieces are sought-after by collectors, particularly in the rarer patterns such as Fancy Free.
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