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Atelier Jean Perzel

The graceful and stylish modern furniture designed by Jean Perzel earned him prestigious clients all over the world, including the Rothschilds and Henry Ford. His sleek Art Deco lighting fixtures are masterpieces of design, and his work has graced the homes of the kings of Morocco and Siam, and the French presidents Charles De Gaulle and Georges Pompidou. Vintage Perzel tables, floor lamps and other furnishings elegantly accentuate and complement — but never overpower — the architecture of their environment.

Perzel was born in Germany. His father and grandfather were glassmakers, and Jean learned to love the craft just as they did. He apprenticed with stained glass artist Franz Xaver Zettler in Munich and left his native country at a young age to travel around Europe. While traveling, he took jobs in various workshops and made his way to Paris around 1910. There he worked for a master glassmaker and was sent to their Algiers factory, where he supervised the production of the company’s more important commissions.

After serving in the Foreign Legion during the first World War, Perzel became a French citizen. He returned to glass painting in 1919 and became a stained glass artist in the workshop of revered Art Nouveau furniture designer Jacques Gruber.

Perzel eventually became fascinated with the burgeoning lighting industry’s then-new technology. He explored how illumination worked in big spaces such as the era’s stately cathedrals and bustling transit hubs and began to concentrate on designing elegant electric fixtures that offered diffused light in a uniform way.

Perzel opened his atelier in Paris in 1923 and produced decorative wall lights and sconces, chandeliers, floor and table lamps, and ceiling lights. He worked with frosted or sandblasted glass and colored enamels to design functional, geometrically rich fixtures that transformed an interior. Perzel’s work was included in the the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts — the exhibition credited with having widely publicized the Art Deco style — and he drew the attention of American industrialist Henry Ford, who commissioned him to design lamps, clocks and other objects that incorporated Ford auto parts. Perzel’s commission would help commemorate the production of 25 million Ford vehicles in Michigan. This cemented Perzel’s reputation as a prestigious lighting designer and manufacturer, and he was tasked with the production of headlights for Ford cars. The Ford-Perzel relationship endured for decades.

Perzel is renowned for designing the lighting for the Luxembourg Cathedral, the League of Nations in Geneva and the Canadian embassy in the Hague. He also collaborated with some of history’s most celebrated architects and designers, including Jules Leleu, Le Corbusier and Michel Roux-Spitz.

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Fine French Art Deco Square Flush Mount by Jean Perzel
By Atelier Jean Perzel
Located in Long Island City, NY
Mounted on a lacquered and bronze square frame that holds the frosted side glass and the bottom enameled glass diffusers. The square bottom glass diffuser is removable for bulb repl...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Atelier Jean Perzel

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Bronze

Pair of Fine French Art Deco Bronze and Glass Sconces by Jean Perzel
By Atelier Jean Perzel
Located in Long Island City, NY
Jean Perzel - A pair of fine French Art Deco wall lights made with a semi-oval bronze bowl adorned with crystal glass slabs. Signed.
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Atelier Jean Perzel

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Crystal, Bronze

Mid-Century Brass Fitted, Textured & Frosted Glass Flush Mount by Jean Perzel
By Atelier Jean Perzel
Located in New York, NY
This sophisticated and materially exquisite Mid-Century Modernist Round Flush Mount Chandelier in Textured & Frosted Glass with Brass Fittings is signed Jean Perzel and originates fr...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Atelier Jean Perzel

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Brass

Rare French 1970s Brass and Glass "Queen's Necklace" Flush Mount by Perzel
By Atelier Jean Perzel
Located in Long Island City, NY
Atelier Jean Perzel - A fine French 1970's round "Queens Necklace" flush mount/ceiling light made with rough laid glass slabs set between two brass frames and a white opaline glass, ...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Atelier Jean Perzel

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Bronze

A Fine French 1970 Square Glass and Chrome Flush Mount by Jean Perzel
By Atelier Jean Perzel
Located in Long Island City, NY
A fine French Art Deco square "Queen's Necklace" flush mount / ceiling light by Atelier Jean Perzel made with rough laid glass slabs set between two chrome frames and a white opaline...
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1970s French Art Deco Vintage Atelier Jean Perzel

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Chrome

Off white tower floor lamp in metal by Jean Perzel
By Atelier Jean Perzel
Located in Monaco, MC
Minimalist tower flower lamp in off white lacquered metal with brass designed and produced by Jean Perzel (France) 4 shelves with a light each. Circa 1960 H 168 D 19/23 with wall...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Atelier Jean Perzel

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Metal, Brass

Fine French Art Deco Glass and Bronze Ceiling or Wall Light by Perzel
By Atelier Jean Perzel
Located in Long Island City, NY
Atelier Perzel - A fine French Art Deco enameled glass and gilded bronze square ceiling or wall light with rounded corners.
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Atelier Jean Perzel

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Bronze

Pair of French Art Deco Glass and Chrome Ceiling or Wall Lights by Jean Perzel
By Atelier Jean Perzel
Located in Long Island City, NY
Atelier Jean Perzel - A pair of fine French Art Deco flush mounts or sconces with white enameled glass diffusers mounted on a chromed frame. Signed  
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1950s French Art Deco Vintage Atelier Jean Perzel

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Chrome

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Atelier Jean Perzel furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Atelier Jean Perzel furniture, although gold editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Atelier Jean Perzel were created in the Art Deco style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Arlus, David Gueron Degue, and Pierre Guariche. Prices for Atelier Jean Perzel furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $374 and can go as high as $61,056, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $6,424.

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