Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann - Design London Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    DeLorenzo Gallery, New York
    William A. McCarty Cooper
    Christie’s, New York, ‘Important Furniture, Silver, Books and Decorative Arts from
    the Collection of William A. McCarty Cooper’, 25 January 1992, lot 162
    Private collection, Switzerland
    Christie’s, New York, ‘Important 20th-Century Decorative Arts’, 15 June 2004, lot 140
    DeLorenzo Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Florence Camard, Ruhlmann, Paris, 1983, for a drawing of similar examples on p. 180
    Emmanuel Bréon and Rosalind Pepall, eds., Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco, Paris, 2004, for a drawing of a similar example on p. 255

  • Catalogue Essay

    Each of the present nightstands comprises three dummy drawers on one side and a single drawer above a recess on the other. A nonce word, ‘Tournicol’ derives from the French verb tourner (to revolve). It also suggests tournesol (sunflower) which tracks the sun as it rises and sets, as might a revolving bedside table under a waking hand.


Pair of ‘Tournicol’ side tables, model no. 1009 AR

late 1920s
Macassar ebony, silver-plated bronze.
Each: 60.3 x 40.6 x 45.7 cm (23 3/4 x 16 x 18 in)
Underside of one branded with ‘Ruhlmann’ (2).

£70,000 - 90,000 Ω

Sold for £121,250


26 April 2012