Card table - ROM2005_1374_15


Card table

Maker: Designed by Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann (Frech, 1879-1933), produced by Alfred Porteneuve (French, 1896-1949)
Medium:Walnut, walnut veneer, felt
Geography: Paris, Île-de-France, France
Date: Designed c.1925, produced c.1934
73.8 x 77.5 x 77.5 x 77.5 cm
Object number: 998.135.20
Credit Line: From the Collection of Bernard and Sylvia Ostry, purchased with funds from the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust; 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
DescriptionIn the late 1920s Ruhlmann evolved a series of card table designs which, like many eighteenth-century card and backgammon tables, were fitted with reversible tops. On this particular example a felt-lined top bordered with walnut reverses to a surface inlaid with quarter-matched and cross-banded walnut veneers. The edges of each side of the top are fitted with hand-grips.

Ruhlmann's card table designs differed, with slight variations as to shape: they were either square or slightly curved in plan, with straight or slightly arch-shaped aprons, curved or chamfered corners, and straight, modified cabriole or flared legs. Some examples were provided with pull-out silver-lined ashtrays. The present table is identical in shape to one that Ruhlmann featured at the 1932 Salon des Artistes Decorateurs, which was however made in a blonde-coloured wood, possibly oak or cherry. It is perhaps the most elegant of all his card table designs. The arched-shaped and slightly bowed sides meet at curved corners that continue down to tapered out-swept legs. Unlike other models, this example does not have ash-trays or even foot mounts to distract from its pure shape. All of the subtly curved an continuous elements of this table have been successfully resolved into a design of extreme simplicity and refinement.
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