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A Carved Walnut Dining Suite,
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VA… Read more THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN LADY This suite was commissioned in 1902 by the Dutreux family who lived in the Château de la Celle-Saint-Cloud from 1844 until 1951 when they donated it to the French State. It was M. Auguste Dutreux, the son of Tony Dutreux (who made the original commission), who bequeathed the dining suite to the present owner as a reward for her good services and loyalty to the family from 1946-1954. The suite is referenced in the Vallin archives at the Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy.
A Carved Walnut Dining Suite,

DESIGNED BY EUGÈNE VALLIN, 1902, EXECUTED IN 1903 IN COLLABORATION WITH VICTOR PROUVÉ

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A Carved Walnut Dining Suite,
Designed by Eugène Vallin, 1902, executed in 1903 in collaboration with Victor Prouvé
Comprising:
A Dining Table
11 Chairs
2 Sideboards
A Cabinet
The dining table: 29¼in. (74cm.) high; 53¾in. (136.5cm.) wide; 48¾in. (122.5cm.) deep
The chairs: 37¼in. (94.5cm.) high
The sideboards: 57in. (145cm) high; 42in. (107cm.) wide; 22½in. (57cm.) deep
The cabinet: 108in. (274cm.) high; 74½in. (189cm.) wide; 32½in. (82.5cm.) deep
The dining table and cabinet each with incised signature E Vallin, the sculpted figure of the cabinet further signed and dated V Prouve 1903 (15)
Provenance
Tony Dutreux.
Auguste Dutreux.
Gifted to the present owner.
Special notice

No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

Lot Essay

Cf: Françoise-thérèse Carpentier et al., L'Ecole de Nancy, 1987, pp. 188-189 (A similar suite by Vallin for Charles Masson, circa 1904
See also: Alastair Duncan, The Paris Salons 1885-1914, Volume III: Furniture, Woodbridge, 1996, pp. 553-556 (Another example of Vallin's work, including the dining room for Eugène Corbin)

Eugène Vallin (1856-1922) was raised in Nancy, and although his earliest efforts in design were in the Gothic taste, by 1894 his work fully encompassed the ideals of the Ecole de Nancy, formed by Victor Prouvé, Louis Majorelle and the Daum Frères with Emile Gallé as president in 1901. The philosophy behind the organisation was the belief that a renaissance in the decorative arts was underway, with Nature providing the inspiration for a new look in furniture and accessories. Vallin relied less on surface decoration in his furniture than Majorelle or Gallé, who frequently embellished with ormolu and marquetry.
Vallin created the famous portal for Gallé's studio, in which was carved Gallé's motto of truth to Nature: Ma racine est au fond des bois... (My roots are in the depths of the woods...). Some of Vallin's most significant works are preserved in the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy (the dining suite designed for Charles Masson, 1904).
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