MAURICE DAURAT (1880 -1969)
Bordeaux 1880 - 1969
Maurice Daurat hailed from Bordeaux and studied from 1895 to 1898 in Paris at the Ecole Germain-Pilon. He there initiated himself to drawing, painting and sculpture for which he had always shown precocious taste and donations. He however only chose a speciality when his eyes met a beautiful tin, slid on its almost carnal surface, weighted its profound shadows and uneven reflections created by luminosity.
Through the solid formal purity which holds down the expressive value of volumes by light games, Maurice Daurat restored the pedigree of tin and gave it a prominent place in the religious and civil silverware and interior decoration. The Salon d’Automne and Salon des Artistes Décorateurs of 1925 (where he won the great price), and the Salons of Geneva, San Francisco, Barcelona and Brussels, were all protean theaters of Maurice Daurat’s mastery.
Furthermore, many other creations by Daurat swarmed in public areas of the world. He executed basins and fountains in the gardens of the Quai d'Orsay, a monumental vase in the rotunda of the City of Paris (Palais de Tokyo), goldsmith pieces for the legations of Canada in The Hague and Brussels. The French state also commissioned him a large basin with water jets and a vase for the apartment of the Prefect of the Seine.
From holding the Grand Prix d’Honneur at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs in 1949 to being Knight and Officer of the Legion of Honour in 1929 and 1935, Maurice Daurat, was a brilliant paten in the hollow of which grew the gems of his creative verve. He was as sculptor as goldsmith, and his pieces still illuminate various private collections, collections in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, Cairo and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.