Mad Men had nothing on these two ice buckets by George Briard! One is completely covered in a burnt orange colored rather tortoise shelly shiny vinyl that looks quite like patent leather. Very Mod! Even its knob on its lid which is oversized and wonderful. The second is taller than usual and covered in a vinyl that looks like a beautiful tan suede leather and is trimmed in a rust and tan colored faux leather. The lid is covered in the rust faux leather and has a brass-tone ring knob. This one gives me a rather hunt club vibe! Both are in fabulous condition and ready to use in your bar, your dining room, your living room, or your bedroom. They look incredible together so buy one or two. We have priced them individually.
George Briard is a nom de plume for designer and artist Jascha Brojdo who was born May 17, 1917 in Poland. He was born Jakub Brojdo but changed his name to Jascha upon moving to Chicago in 1937 where he attended the Art Institute of Chicago and earned his MFA. During WWII he served on General George S. Patton’s staff as an interpreter. He ended up in New York after his discharge from the Army and began working with a friend, Max Willie, from art school. It was Willie who suggested the name George Briard for his hand painted serving trays he began making and selling, and who first produced his commercial products. After painting trays for a time, he moved on to buying glassware blanks from Libbey and Anchor Hocking and embellishing them with his designs, most times in 22-karot gold. He soon learned he could license his name to those companies as well as other companies to create his designs for him. His creations became highly popular through the 1950s to 1970s. During those years you could find his name on everything from glass, to ceramic, metal, or wood and on trays, coffee pots, dishes, and more. They were offered for sale in high end department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Bonwit Teller. In 2004 he was awarded the Frank S. Child Lifetime Achievement Award by The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators. George or rather Jascha or maybe it’s Jakub passed away a year later in New York at the age of 88. His work has become sought after by collectors and his nom de plume has become a mid-century Icon.
The cocktail hour will never be the same once you own a George Briard ice bucket! Make one or maybe both yours!