Joan Busquets i Jané

Joan Busquets i Jané (Barcelona, 1874–1949). He trained in Barcelona at the Llotja School and in his family's upholstery and decorating workshop. Along with Gaspar Homar, he became one of the most prolific cabinetmakers of Catalan Art Nouveau.  

After a period of eclecticism, he took up the international Art Nouveau style just before 1900. Then he came under the influence of the Belgian and French decorators and cabinet makers, particularly those of the Nancy School. Around 1911 he abandoned Art Nouveau to reproduce styles from the past.

Over the next two decades he alternated the reproduction of classic furniture with Art Deco projects.

He won a medal of honour at the world fairs in Buenos Aires in 1910 and London in 1912. In 1925, at the Paris International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts, he won a prize for a set of Art Deco furniture.

Prominent in his work was the design, ornamental details and technical quality of his craftsmanship.

In his Art Nouveau period he was influenced by international artists such as Van de Velde, Guimard and Majorelle.