• Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen auction at Christies

    Sale 7822

    Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 374

    EMILE-JACQUES RUHLMANN

    A LACQUERED MAHOGANY, CHROMED-METAL AND GLASS BOOKCASE, CIRCA 1929

    Estimate

    EMILE-JACQUES RUHLMANN
    A Lacquered Mahogany, Chromed-Metal and Glass Bookcase, circa 1929
    Branded twice on reverse Ruhlmann and B, nine of the ten back panels with branded number
    64¾ in. (164.5 cm.) high; 37 in. (94 cm.) wide; 10 7/8 in. (27.5 cm.) deep


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    This model of a bookcase, composed with combining elements, in the late modernist style of Ruhlmann, was first presented in black lacquered limewood at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs, Paris, 1929, with a very impressive matching semi circular desk. The set was acquired by André Tardieu, Président du Conseil, and then commissioned in Macassar Ebony by the Maharajah of Indore. Ruhlmann himself had the same model in his own office.

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    Literature

    Florence Camard, Ruhlmann, éditions du regard, 1983, p. 75 for the same model in Macassar Ebony made for the Maharadjah of Indore in 1929
    Emmanuel Bra©on and Rosalind Pepall, Ruhlmann, A Genius of Art Deco, Somogy, exhibition from 15 November 2001 to 12 December 2004, Paris - New York - Montreal, catalogue, p. 39 for the above model in situ