Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann - Design New York Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sotheby’s, Monaco, “Arts Décoratifs Styles 1900 et 1925,” March 6, 1983 (part of a larger suite), lot 134
    Sotheby’s, London, “20th Century Decorative Arts & Design,” July 3, 2002, lot 34
    Private collection, New York
    Phillips de Pury & Company, London, “Design,” April 26, 2012, lot 11
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    “Ruhlmann,” Galerie Francine et Thierry Couvrat Desvergnes, Paris, June 11-September 15, 1985
    “Art Deco 1910–1939,” Victoria and Albert Museum, London, March 27-July 20, 2003 then traveled to: Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, September 20, 2003-January 4, 2004; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, March 13-July 5, 2004; Museum of Fine Arts Boston, August 22, 2004-January 9, 2005, National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, June 28-October 5, 2008

  • Literature

    Florence Camard, Ruhlmann: Master of Art Deco, New York, 1984, p. 266
    Ruhlmann: Un Genie de l’Art Deco, France, 2001, pp. 196-97
    Charlotte Benton, Tim Benton and Ghislaine Wood, eds., Art Deco 1910–1939, exh. cat., Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2003, illustrated p. 151
    Florence Camard, Jacques Émile Ruhlmann, New York, 2011, p. 310 for a period image of the Drouant restaurant

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ruhlmann designed the present model armchair and a similar side chair in 1924 for Drouant, a popular bistro at 18 rue Gaillon in Paris. The following year he exhibited his “Ledroua” chairs upholstered in silk damask in the Grand Salon of the “Pavillon du Collectionneur” at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. An adjacent related suite of furniture – a bench, a settee, and an armchair – were covered with a floral Aubusson tapestry (similar to that accompanying the present lot) designed by the artist, architect and sculptor Émile Gaudissard, who also designed the Salon’s immense circular carpet.

Property of a New York Collector


Pair of "Ledroua" armchairs, model no. 67AR/101NR, designed for the Drouant restaurant, Paris

circa 1925
Macassar ebony, silver-plated bronze, fabric.
Each: 33 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 26 in. (85.1 x 57.2 x 66 cm)
Together with the original Aubusson tapestry upholstery designed by Émile Gaudissart (1872-1956).

$100,000 - 150,000 

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New York Auction 11 June 2014 11am