Art Deco

Art Deco Collection

France (ca. 1920 - 1939)

Art Deco design is a modern re-interpretation of classicism: pieces in this style are symmetrical, rectilinear and clean-lined. Art Deco furniture carving and ornament is relatively subdued; the look is pared-down and streamlined; wood is detailed with refined geometric shapes — spheres, trapezoids, chevrons. Works in the Art Deco style mainly achieve visual delight via their rich and exotic materials. These were luxury goods, produced for a new class of wealthy manufacturers who wanted a new look, all their own.

     The term Art Deco is derived from the name of the 1925 Paris exhibition that brought the style to worldwide attention: “Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes.” The star of that show was decorator Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, who used finishes such as lacquer and eggshell, and exotic wood veneers like amboyna and palissander. His peers included glass designer René Lalique; the elegant interior designer Jules Leleu; Maurice Dufrène (neoclassical fluted chair and table legs are a keynote of his work); Paul Follot (signature details include gilt- and silver-leafing); the team of Süe et Mare (both were painters, and created sensuous pieces with curving, Rococo-esque elements); and André Groult (who loved voluptuous bombé forms).

     “Art Deco” is often used expansively, to describe the work of creators in associated or ancillary styles. This is particularly true of American Art Deco, which is also named “Streamline Moderne” or “Machine Age” design. In America, the sleek, pared-down, speed-suggestive designs of Donald Deskey, Paul Frankl, Gilbert Rohde, Norman Bel Geddes and others was highly influenced by the French, but was more an expression of muscular American forward-thinking. Even so, in the larger sense Art Deco design is all of a piece. As you can see from the works offered below, Art Deco was the style of an assertive modernity: bold, elegant, chic, and impossible to ignore.

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Jean-Michel Frank, Pair of Side Tables
Galerie Jacques De Vos
Art Deco Bronze Hagenauer Horse
Douglas Rosin Decorative Arts & Antiques
Pair of Art Deco Armchairs by Michel Dufet
Galerie Patrick Gutknecht
Hagenauer Greyhound Sculpture
Vase, Signed Daum
The Edit
Art Deco Serving Tray
Cartier Cocktail Set
Pullman Gallery
French Deco Rug by Paule Leleu
Doris Leslie Blau LLC
Fine and Early Art Deco Sideboard by Jules Leleu
Maison Gerard
Large Bakelite 'Poker Dice'
Pullman Gallery
Art Deco Diamond Brooch
MS Rau Antiques
Glazed Ceramic Vase by Primavera
Maison Gerard
Églomisé Door Cabinet by Jules Leleu
Maison Gerard
American Streamline Art Deco Vanity With Mirror
Tishu Miami
Art Deco 'Radio' Trinket Box
Pullman Gallery
Modernist Terriers by E. Nikolsky
Pullman Gallery
Classical Art Deco Marble and Bronze Lamp
Douglas Rosin Decorative Arts & Antiques
Art Deco Lounge Chairs
Modern Drama
Crystal Art Deco Ring
Douglas Rosin Decorative Arts and Antiques LLC
Hermes Art Deco Travel Clock in Box
Elle W Collection
Jules Leleu, Rare Coffee Table, France 1930
Morateur Gallery
Fancy French Art Deco Oval Side Table
Negrel Antiques
French Art Deco Desk Lamp by Boris Jean Lacroix
Kelly Gallery
Art Deco Compact by Cartier
MS Rau Antiques
Art Deco Mantel Clock
Pair of squat armchairs by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Galerie Patrick Gutknecht
French Art Deco Pair of Forged Iron Bookends
Kelly Gallery