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Paul KISS (1895-1962)

An ironworker born in Belafalva in Romania, he traveled in Central Europe before settling in Paris where his entire career was spent.

His work often gives an impression of richness with supple and luxurious decorations, notably birds with long tails, opulent floral motifs, interlacings, arabesques, some occasional people. However, at the end of the 1920s, stylization, the Cubist esprit, and abstract motifs penetrated his work.  His technique of hammered wrought iron remained very characteristic.

In 1925, he participated in the Exposition of Decorative Arts with his own stand on the Alexander III bridge.

Around the same tiime, he worked for the fashion designer Paul Poiret and notably delivered to him a console with a mirror mounted above it.  In 1926, for the Salon des Artistes Decorateurs (Salon of Design Artists), he produced the “tour de force” to create a piece of furniture completely out of wrought iron.

Paul Kiss also created enormous grilles, notably for the palace of the King of Siam in Bangkok.

 

Cf. P. KJELLBERG, Art Déco, Les maîtres du mobilier, Le décor des paquebots, Ed. de l’Amateur, Paris, 2000, p. 136-137