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ARMAND ALBERT RATEAU (1882-1938)
ARMAND ALBERT RATEAU (1882-1938)

A PATINATED BRONZE AND ALABASTER TORCHÈRE, MODEL NO. 1318, CIRCA 1922

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ARMAND ALBERT RATEAU (1882-1938)
A Patinated Bronze and Alabaster Torchère, model no. 1318, circa 1922
66¼ in. (168.2 cm.) high
stamped A.A. Rateau and INV 1360 five times
Provenance
DeLorenzo Gallery, New York.
Private Collection, Colorado.
Literature
A. Duncan, A A Rateau, exhibition catalogue, DeLorenzo Gallery, New York, 1990, pp. 59-63.
Exhibited
DeLorenzo Gallery, AA Rateau, New York, 1990.

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This model was originally designed for Jeanne Lanvin's residence at 16 rue Barbet-de-Jouy, Paris. Two other versions of this model exist: one with three rings of inverted foliage at the top of the central stem forming the base, the other with five rings of inverted foliage and an ivory butterfly key as the switch. A pair of lamps of the former variant were included in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 1926 during an exhibition of works by French artists.

cf. A. Lesieutre, The Spirit and Splendour of Art Deco, New York, 1974, p. 286, fig. 271 for a similar model illustrated.
Y. Brunhammer, Le Style 1925, Paris, 1975, p. 40 for a torchère of this model in the Jeanne Lanvin's bedroom.
F. Olivier-Vial and F. Rateau, Armand Albert Rateau, Paris, 1992, pp. 35-37 and pp. 200-201 for illustrations of lamps of this model and variants used in Jeanne Lanvin's and Rateau's apartments.
H. Guéné, Décoration et Haute Couture Armand Albert Rateau pour Jeanne Lanvin, un autre Art Déco, Paris, 2006, p. 127 for a view of a torchère of this model in Jeanne Lanvin's bedroom in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, p. 131 for two contemporary views of her bedroom showing torchères of this model.

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