Related design illustrated:
J. Kahr, Edgar Brandt, Master of Art Deco Ironwork, New York, 1999, p. 157, pp. 108-110. The design of the current lot is related to a pair of grilles, entitled La Perse - now in the collection of the Metropolitan Musem of Art, New York - made to flank Brandt's seminal five panel hall gate L'Age d'Or was exhibited in 1923 at the Salon d'Automne, Paris. Allied in design, they show the same motifs of scrolling openwork fronds augmented and highlighted by stylised flowerhead embellishments but here used with more separation between the elements. This relates to their intended purpose as internal doors, thus allowing the fuller and more effective transfer of light and visual sightlines between adjoining rooms.
The details of the original commission and placement of these previously unrecorded doors remains unknown at this stage, but their rediscovery highlights once more the timeless elegance of Brandt's work, synthesized with his mastery of ironwork as a central proponent of Art Deco style.