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    Sale 7620

    20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    28 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 99

    EDOUARD COLONNA (1862-1948)

    SALON SUITE, CIRCA 1900

    Price Realised  

    EDOUARD COLONNA (1862-1948)
    SALON SUITE, CIRCA 1900
    carved mahogany, comprising canapé, pair of armchairs, pair of side chairs and occasional table
    32½ in. (83 cm.) high; 63½ in. (161 cm.) wide; 25 in. (64 cm.) deep the canapé (6)


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    Edouard Colonna began designing decorative art items and jewellery for Siegfried Bing's Paris gallery L'Art Nouveau in 1898. In 1900 Colonna was invited to design a salon suite for Siegfried Bing's pavilion at the highly influential Exposition Universelle in Paris. The subsequent design was celebrated by critics of the exhibition for its sleek and elegant lines and successful re-working in a modern idiom of forms from the period of the Ancien Régime.

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    Literature

    Gustave Soulier, L'Art dans l'Habitation, Art et Décoration, Number 7, 1900, pp. 114 & 116 (period photographs of the armchair, side chair, rectangular table and open-armed settee models presented at the 1900, Exposition Universelle, Paris)
    Gustave Soulier, L'Amueblement l'Exposition, Art et Décoration, Number 8, 1900, p. 44
    Alastair Duncan, Art Nouveau Furniture, New York, 1982, figs 102-3