Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann - Design Masters New York Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Madame Gauthier, Paris
    Thence by descent
    Acquired from the above

  • Literature

    "Le XIX Salon Des Artisted Décorateurs," Art et Décoration, Paris, vol. 46, July - December 1924, pp. 10-11
    Florence Camard, Ruhlmann, Paris, 1983, pp. 75, 120, 201
    Emmanuel Bréon and Rosalind Pepall, eds., Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco, Paris, 2004, p. 39
    Florence Camard, Jacques Émile Ruhlmann, New York, 2011, pp. 282, 198, 300, 433, 467, 500

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present modular bookcase was one of Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann's favored designs, as evidenced by his selection of them for inclusion in the 1929 Salon des Artistes Décorateurs and for use in his own office. They were also in the collection of the Maharajah of Indore, employed in his study at Manik Bagh Palace. The drawing for the design is recorded in the reference album "Tables, bureaux, secrétaires, gros meubles," (inventory number 2002. 18. 13) held by the Ruhlmann Archives at the Musée des Années Trente, Boulogne Billancourt, Paris. Charles Gauthier, of the prominent French champagne-producing family, were known patrons of Ruhlmann.


"SAD 29" modular bookcase, model no. 2431NR

circa 1929
Macassar-veneered wood, chromium-plated bronze, glass.
41 3/4 x 55 1/4 x 11 3/4 in. (106 x 140.3 x 29.8 cm)
Each bookcase impressed with Ruhlmann and one back impressed with the Atelier mark A.

$250,000 - 350,000 

Sold for $266,500

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New York Auction 16 December 2014 6pm