Two-door cabinet - ROM2005_1474_1

ROM2005_1474_1

Two-door cabinet

Maker: Designed by Jules-Émile Leleu (French, 1883-1961), inlay attributed to André? Messager (French, died 195?), made by the firm of Jules Leleu
Medium:Ebony, ivory and mother of pearl on rosewood ground, interior veneered with sycamore and amaranth; oak and other woods, bronze mounts, interior fitted with an electrical light fixture
Geography: Paris, France
Date: Designed c.1938, made after c. 1938-1950
Dimensions:
130.9 x 39 x 78 cm
Object number: 989.315.22
Credit Line: The Bernard and Sylvia Ostry Collection. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestée par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
On view
Gallery Location:The Gallery of Modern Design
DescriptionLeleu and his brother Marcel succeeded to their father’s upscale painting and decorating establishment at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, which they expanded into a full-fledged interior design business. In 1924 Jules Leleu established a Paris base for the company and like Ruhlmann and other designers of the period they re-interpreted 18th century designs for the luxury market. Unlike Ruhlmann, whose clientele was drawn primarily from captains of industry and people in the fashion and textile business, Leleu, whose taste was more conservative, purveyed furniture and interior design to official French residences, offices, and embassies all over the world, and he outfitted over twenty ocean liners.
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