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Art Deco Period Collection

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.

Armchair, Boule Model, by Jules Leleu, circa 1930
Armchair, Boule Model, by Jules Leleu, circa 1930
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Armchairs
Velvet, Walnut
Boule Armchair in walnut, the mounts ending by ball feet, covered of grey velvet. This model by Jules Leleu is part of the furniture made for the luxury cabins of the liner Atlantiq...
Art Deco Beaded Crystal Chandelier
Art Deco Beaded Crystal Chandelier
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants
Crystal, Nickel
Art Deco nickel plated double-tiered chandelier composed of beaded crystal strands arranged in the form of six-sided stars
Art Deco 'Boudoir' Grand Piano by Strohmenger, 1938
Art Deco 'Boudoir' Grand Piano by Strohmenger, ...
J. Strohmenger & Sons
Vintage 1930s British Art Deco Musical Instruments
Leather, Macassar
Strohmenger, London. The definitive Art Deco boudoir baby grand piano of the finest quality. The demilune case and support exotically veneered in dark Macassar ebony with ivorin...
Etching by Vala Moro, Vienna Depicting an Art Deco Dancing Nude
Etching by Vala Moro, Vienna Depicting an Art D...
Vala Moro
Vintage 1920s Austrian Art Deco Prints
Archival Paper
Vala Moro (1907), Vienna Art Deco dancing nude, circa 1924 Original colored etching, pencil-signed lower right and in etching “Vala Moro” Vala Moro (1907) was an Austrian-Hungar...
René Lalique for le Côte d’Azur Pullman-Express, 1928
René Lalique for le Côte d’Azur Pullman-Expre...
René Lalique
Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Wall-mounted Sculptures
Crystal, Wood
René Lalique (for le Côte d’Azur Pullman-Express) 1860-1945. Train panels for the Cote D'Azur Pullman Express of the Compagnie Internationale De Wagons Lits, France 1928. "Figurin...
French Art Deco Wrought-Iron and Slate Coffee Table
French Art Deco Wrought-Iron and Slate Coffee T...
Unknown
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wrought Iron, Slate
This table has a top of multiple rectangular pieces of slate bordered by a wrought iron twisted rope atop two continuously curved wrought iron legs with rope decoration down centre a...
Jules Leleu, Secretary Cabinet, France, C. 1930
Jules Leleu, Secretary Cabinet, France, C. 1930
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Art Deco Cabinets
Bronze, Walnut
Art Deco drop front secretary / cabinet in French walnut with nickeled bronze ornaments by Jules Leleu Provenance: A residence near Pau in the Pyrénées, southwestern France. Fo...
French Art Deco Wrought Iron Grilles
French Art Deco Wrought Iron Grilles
Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Doors and Gates
Very heavy and well-made pair of hinged wrought iron grilles or gates, painted red, with orange colored primer paint visible beneath in small areas. Elegant symmetrical scrolling ara...
Pair of Vintage French Art Deco Period "Normandie" Armchairs, circa 1930
Pair of Vintage French Art Deco Period "Normand...
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Armchairs
Metal
Receive our new selections direct from 1stdibs by email each week. Please click Follow Dealer below and see them first! A pair of sensational vintage French Art Deco period walnut...
Swedish Art Deco Drop-Front Desk by Ferdinand Lundquist, circa 1920
Swedish Art Deco Drop-Front Desk by Ferdinand L...
Ferdinand Lundquist
Vintage 1920s Swedish Art Deco Desks
Swedish inlaid Art Deco or neoclassical drop front secretaire or desk. Made at Ferdinand Lundquist in Gothenburg, Sweden, circa 1920. Exterior case in elm an birch. Inlay woods inclu...
Set of 12 Cocktail Glasses by Desny
Set of 12 Cocktail Glasses by Desny
La Maison Desny
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Sheffield and Silverplate
Set of 12 modernist cocktail glasses, silver plated metal; two cones pointing in opposite directions, joined by a triangular rod, on a circular base.
René Herbst Walnut Front Casing Desk
René Herbst Walnut Front Casing Desk
René Herbst
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables
Walnut
Walnut front casing desk resting on a stretcher presenting a slightly set forward basis opening on its left by a drawer in the upper part, a door in its lower part, and on its right ...
Prouve wrought iron hall mirror, France, circa ...
Victor Prouve
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Architectural Elements
Mirror, Iron
Prouve wrought iron hall mirror, France, circa 1950s.
French Art Deco Sideboard
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Sideboards
Fine French Art Deco walnut and sycamore buffet or dresser with marquetry details. A matching table is available. Dealer Ref: 407
Daum Nancy's Glass Table Lamp, France, 1930
Daum
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Table Lamps
Glass
Table glass lamp made by Daum Nancy, France, circa 1930. Illuminable even in the spherical body. Dimensions: Diameter 35 cm, H 32 cm.
French Art Deco Console with Mirror Attributed ...
Raymond Subes
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Console Tables
Glass, Iron, Marble
A French Art Deco console table attributed to Raymond Subes, with scrolling leg and portoro gold marble top, together with a tall piriform beveled mirror, created circa 1930s.
1938 c. Diana the Huntress and her Greyhound by...
Albert Leclerc
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Wall-mounted Sculptures
Plaster
French Art Deco plaster relief "Diana the Huntress and her Greyhound circa 1938 by Albert LeClerc designed for the decor of a private hunting lodge on the Île-de-France, the room tit...
Pair of American Art Deco Oversized Green Ceram...
Vintage 1920s American Art Deco Urns
Ceramic
Pair of American (Ohio) Art Deco (circa 1920-1930) over size green ceramic urns with a hand decorated surface each flanked by the face of a lion.
Set of Four Sconces designed by Ruhlmann, 1925
Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze
Exceptional set of four silver-plated bronze sconces designed by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933). Bronze casting by l'Art du bronze, France, circa 1925. Rewired for US, bayonet so...
Léon Jallot, Early Art Deco side chair, France,...
Léon Jallot
Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Side Chairs
Carved fruitwood Art Deco side chair by Léon Jallot. Provenance: This set of furniture, comprised of a pair of armchairs, a pair of side chairs, and a matching coffee table, was ...
Gustavsberg & Wilhelm Kåge, Glazed Stoneware a...
Gustavsberg, Wilhelm Kåge
Vintage 1930s Swedish Art Deco Vases
Silver, Stoneware
Glazed stoneware vase with silver overlay by Wilhelm Kåge, circa 1930 Signed: Gustavsberg, Argenta Numbered: 1076 IV.
French Art Deco Wrought Iron Cheval Mirror
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors
Mirror, Wrought Iron
French Art Deco wrought iron cheval mirror with an arch form top and open filigree border resting on a tiered rectangular pedestal base.
Important Art Deco Mythological Gilt Wall Plaque
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Decorative Art
Gold Leaf, Plaster, Silver Leaf
Art Deco round gilt and silver gilt filigree wall plaque. Showing the goddess Diana hunting with her dog.
Art Deco Compact by Cartier
Cartier
Vintage 1930s French Boxes
Cartier captures the essence of Art Deco sophistication with this elegant gold box. Crafted entirely of 18-karat yellow gold, this exceptional objet d'art bears a sleek geometric pat...
Boris Jean Lacroix French Art Deco Nickel and F...
Jean Boris Lacroix
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Table Lamps
Brass, Glass
With a nickeled brass base and column holding a cylindrical frosted glass shade. With original French electrical components, but newly rewired to American standard and with dimmer ...
Maurice Dufrène, Rare Amaranth Occasional Table...
Maurice Dufrène
Vintage 1920s French Art Deco End Tables
Amaranth and ebony occasional table with mother-of-pearl and ebony inlay on fruitwood, by Maurice Dufrène This model was displayed in the Exposition internationale des arts décora...
Pair of Paul Dupré-Lafon Table Lamps
Paul Dupré-Lafon
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Table Lamps
Leather
Two table lamps by Paul Dupré-Lafon for Hermès signed with impressed manufacturer's mark to underside [Hermès Paris Dèposè] The bases of each lamp are formed of stacked box leath...
Deskey Desk Machine Age Desk
Donald Deskey
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Desks
Walnut
Rare desk in walnut and banded copper-plated aluminum, designed by Donald Deskey and produced by Ypsilanti Reed Furniture Company, circa 1929. A strong statement of Machine Age aesth...
French Art Deco Rosewood and Silver End Table, ...
Studio Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco End Tables
Rosewood, Silver
French Art Deco round rosewood end table with a geometric diamond design top and open apron with silver sabot feet (Attrib. to Leleu). Jules Leleu was a French furniture designer fa...
Pair of French Art Deco Glass Sconces by Sabino
Sabino Art Glass
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Wall Lights and Sconces
Chrome, Glass
Designed by Sabino, this striking pair of 1930s French glass wall sconces features a geometric stave accented with a bottom finial beneath a band of chrome plated filigree trim joini...
Set of Twelve 1930 Art Deco Side Chairs, Attrib...
Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Side Chairs
Oak, Upholstery
Set of 12 French side chairs designed attributed by Jacques Emile Ruhlmann in 1930 for the "Cité Universitaire" in Paris. These stained mahogany side chairs were designed with squar...
Pierre Le Faguays French Art Deco 'Victory' Bro...
Pierre Le Faguays
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Sculptures
Bronze, Macassar, Ebony
This green patinated bronze sculpture is mounted on a Macassar ebony tiered base. Signed P. LeFaguays / Susse Fres. Ed. Paris / foundry stamp of Susse Frères Editeurs Paris / bronze...
Pair of Four 1930's German Art Deco Armchairs b...
Walter Knoll
Vintage 1930s German Art Deco Armchairs
Chrome, Leather
Pair of Four 1930's German Art Deco armchairs by Walter Knoll. The chairs feature Bauhaus-inspired open-design chrome frames, as well as seats and backs upholstered in tufted light ...
Jacques Emile Ruhlmann Beautiful French Art Dec...
Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs
Wool
Here is a beautiful, unique rug, an Art Deco composition that was woven in France during the second decade of the 20th century. An especially large piece, this French rug is characte...
Edgar Brandt French Art Deco Pair of Wrought Ir...
Edgar Brandt
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Bookends
Wrought Iron
Fine wrought iron cobra bookends on a stepped rectangular base with a rich dark brown patina by Edgar Brandt (1875-1968). Signed: "E. Brandt" Variety of other bookends available.
Pair of Lajos Kozma Art Deco Armchairs
Lajos Kozma
Vintage 1930s Hungarian Art Deco Lounge Chairs
Walnut, Upholstery
Attributed to Hungarian designer Lajos Kozma, this pair of upholstered walnut armchairs feature open, geometric form arms and are supported by four square legs.
Boris Jean Lacroix French Art Deco Desk Lamp
Jean Boris Lacroix
20th Century French Art Deco Table Lamps
Brass, Glass
Walnut desk lamp with nickelled brass movable hemispherical shade and ashtray and with bakelite switch. Literature: “Le Luminaire” by Guillaume Janneau, Editions d’Art Charles Mo...
'Napier Campbell Bluebird, 1927’ by Roy Nockolds
Roy Nockolds
Early 20th Century British Art Deco Paintings
One of Roy Nockolds’ first works, created when he was just 16 years of age and bearing an early signature, depicting the Napier Lion-engined record-breaking land speed car, driven by...
Important Cartier Art Deco Yellow Gold, Onyx an...
Cartier
Early 20th Century Art Deco Desk Accessories
Onyx, Yellow Gold
An important Cartier Art Deco Mignonette timepiece, decorated with striped white enamel and yellow gold and yellow gold beaded decoration to the bottom, the base in onyx, the circula...
Osvaldo Borsani Italian Console
Osvaldo Borsani
Vintage 1930s Italian Console Tables
Sycamore, Walnut
Italian Sycamore and Dark Walnut Console attributed to Osvaldo Borsani. Console has been restored. The color on the first set of pictures is the actual color of the console.
King Sized Gold Leaf And Lacquer Art Deco Haman...
Katsu Hamanaka
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Beds and Bed Frames
Wood, Gold Leaf, Lacquer
King sized headboard attributed to French Art Deco designer Katsu Hamanaka. This headboard's rectilinear form is crowned with a stepped pediment whose geometry is echoed by the appli...
French Faience Cachepot with Gilt Detail
Digoin & Sarreguemines
Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières
Faience, Majolica
Cobalt blue faience cachepot by Sarreguemines - Digoin - Vitry-le-François (formerly Utzschneider & Cie of Sarreguemines, France), with raised gilt decoration and a turquoise in...
Exceptional Cabinet by Christian Krass, circa 1930
Christian Krass
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Cabinets
Bronze, Amboyna
Christian Krass ( 1868-1957 ) A magnificent cabinet in extraordinary amboyna burl and amaranth wood, with beautiful bronze mounts, by the Lyonnais master Christian Krass. Bronze door...
Jean Dunand Art Deco Fruitwood and Lacquered Sm...
Jean Dunand
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Boxes
Fruitwood, Lacquer
Fruitwood with lacquer and metal, design by Jean Lambert-Rucki In 1912, Dunand learned the ancient and traditional art of Asian lacquerwork from the Japanese master lacquer artis...
French Art Deco Jade Enamel Onyx Diamond Platin...
Unknown
Vintage 1920s Brooches
Diamond, Jade, Onyx, Platinum
French Art deco brooch set with rose cut and old mine cut diamonds. The center of the brooch is set with carved jade, with diamonds and enamel tapering down to the two round onyx en...
1930s Art Deco Modernist Table Lamp by Jean Bor...
Jean Boris Lacroix
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Table Lamps
Chrome
Modernist lamp in chrome metal, the articulated head on the shaft is ending with with a frosted glass cylinder. Bakelite switch on the wooden base. By Jean Boris Lacroix. European s...
Armand Albert Rateau French Art Deco Giltwood a...
Armand Albert Rateau
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Daybeds
Silk, Giltwood
Exquisite daybed by Armand Albert Rateau (1882-1938) with carved giltwood frame ending in tapering bun feet. Stamped twice: A A RATEAU/ 6183. Provenance: Jeanne Lanvin, Paris. Chris...
Jean Besnard French Art Deco Ceramic Table Lamp
Jean Besnard
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Table Lamps
Ceramic
This spherical lamp base has a double lace effect with ivory enamel against a white background. Has been rewired to U.S. standards. Signed: "Jean Besnard 1930" incised and enameled...
Antique Art Deco Persian Carpet
Early 20th Century Persian Arts and Crafts Persian Rugs
Wool
Antique Kashan, Persia, early 20th century. Looking very much like an early Art Deco carpet from China, this elegant Persian Kashan has an allover design of ivory rosettes set agains...
Jean Dunand French Art Deco Sterling Silver and...
Jean Dunand
Early 20th Century French Art Deco More Furniture and Collectibles
Lacquer, Silver
Sterling silver with coquille d'oeuf on red lacquer ground Stamped with Jean Dunand silver poincon Impressed with boar's head for 950 silver/ Jean Dunand silver poincon/ 18257/ ins...
Simonet Frères Table Clock, France, C. 1925
Simonet Freres
Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Clocks
Bronze
Patinated bronze Art Deco clock by Simonet Freres This model of clock was exhibited in the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts De´coratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris. ...
American Streamline Art Deco Vanity With Mirror
Donald Deskey
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Vanities
Bakelite, Chrome, Mahogany, Mirror
An American art deco streamline vanity attributed to Donald Deskey, en suite with the two night stands. It features a large mirror with chromed hardware on top. The chest of drawer i...
French Art Deco Wrought Iron Cheval Mirror Attr...
Paul Kiss
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors
Mirror, Wrought Iron, Glass
French Art Deco cheval mirror attributed to Paul Kiss. This piece features a long pane of mirrored glass cut with beveled edges and a Gothic arch top, set within a naturalistic, open...

Silver Decanter by Sylvia Stave

By Carl Gustav Hallberg
Silver Decanter by Sylvia Stave
Carl Gustav Hallberg, Sylvia Stave
Vintage 1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Serving Pieces
Rattan, Silver Plate
A beautiful and extremely collectible decanter by the Swedish Sylvia Stave, who designed for C.G. Hallbergs until 1940. She had a brief and lauded career, and created a body of work ...
French Art Deco Pair of Small Lamps
Unknown
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Table Lamps
Glass
Pair of small lamps with a black patinated solid lead spherical foot fitting into a red lacquered wood base and with rose tinted cylindrical ground glass shades. Lacquered wood base ...
Art Deco Set of Six Fish Cocktail Cups by Hagen...
Hagenauer Werkstätte
Vintage 1930s Austrian Art Deco Barware
Nickel, Brass
A lovely set of six fish motif cups designed by Hagenauer. The stem of the cup is stylishly designed as a fish. Constructed of nickel plated brass.The flared cups are signed wHw on t...
Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Sycamore Table Mirror, ...
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Table Mirrors
Mirror, Sycamore
Sycamore table mirror by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann. Signed on base. For sketches of this model, see Camard, Florence. Ruhlmann. Paris: Editions du Regard, 1983.
Cartier Art Deco Sterling Silver and Enamel Min...
Cartier
Early 20th Century Art Deco Desk Accessories
Sterling Silver
A beautiful miniature desk timepiece, rectangular case with blue enamel, accented by silver bands, centering a circular brushed silvered dial with gilt Arabic numerals, dial signed C...
J. Gloster Ltd. English Art Deco Sterling Silve...
J Guichard & Couvrard
Early 20th Century English Art Deco Desk Accessories
Silver
Photograph frame with body of the frame in faux tortoiseshell with sterling silver framing the opening and the outer edge and with the two borders of silver connected by sculptural s...
'Zodiac' Bookends by Paul Dupré Lafon
Paul Dupré-Lafon
Vintage 1930s French Bookends
Enamel
Two highly unusual glass bookends designed by Paul Dupré Lafon (1900 - 1971), the heavy glass panels inscribed with signs of the Zodiac in gold, black and red enamel and surrounded ...