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Lot 134: Louis Majorelle, Art Nouveau Dining Room Set, c. 1900
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Softwood, mahogany veneered and solid, partially carved, partially with inlays, glass, textile
France, c. 1900
Design: Louis Majorelle (1859-1926) Major French furniture designer and decorator
Table on the underside with old label Garde Meuble Public Bedel & Cie
Dining room set comprising one table and two chairs
Table on four slightly curved tapered square-feet, curved apron with bombé front sides and one drawer at the long side, above that projecting table top with removable glass plate
Legs, apron and edges of the table top with floral, style-typical embellishment
Table top with delicate inlays in the form of magnolia blossoms and honeysuckle
Chairs taking up the tables design
Backrest with sculpturally carved décor, toprail with flowers, splat with mistletoes
Lined with original, florally patterned textile
Dimensions of table: 76 x 95.5 x 59 cm
Dimensions of chairs: 100 x 42 x 40 cm; seating height: c. 44.5 cm
Provenance: private property Berlin
Elegant Art Nouveau furniture with fluid motives derived from nature
In the late 1890s, Louis Majorelle, cabinet maker and major representative of the Nancy School, began to design furniture of lush and organic form with extravagant marquetry derived from nature. Majorelle was well-versed with wood and veneering and was strongly influenced by Émile Gallé. He adhered to the established limits of furniture design, but applied superb floral decoration to the carcasses, such as magnolia blossoms, honeysuckle and mistletoe that can be seen here.
The ensemble is in good condition, consistent with age and bearing usual signs of wear. In places smaller tension cracks, slight surface abrasion, smaller flaws to the veneer and tiny bumps. Carvings occasionally with smaller blemishes. The textile lining is slightly worn yet well preserved. The interior padding respectively the undersides of the chairs have presumably been restored. One chair with newly fixed cover to the bottom of the seat. One chair with green stains in the area of the seat.
Louis Majorelle (1859-1926)
Louis-Jean-Sylvestre Majorelle was born in Toul in 1859. He was trained by his father, who also worked as a furniture designer and manufacturer. In 1861 the family settled in Nancy. In 1877, after completing his training, Louis Majorelle moved to Paris, where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts. After the death of his father Majorelle took over the company which he successfully conducted until his death. In addition, Louis Majorelle was a founding member of the École de Nancy, an association of artists, architects and art critics, all of them representatives of Art Nouveau, including Emil Gallé among others. (nlu)
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