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Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

French, 1879-1933

Endeavoring to create exquisite work that would endure forever, designer Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann defined the grandeur of the French Art Deco movement of the 1920s. His luxurious storage cabinets, seating, other furniture and interiors garnered considerable popularity alongside the growth in post–World War I Paris’s population of newly wealthy residents.

The Paris-born Ruhlmann was the son of a decorating contractor, a business he took over in the early 1900s and expanded into furniture and interior design. But by the end of his career, he was best known for being a skilled ensemblier, a term for a designer who not only makes furniture and decorates spaces but rather personally crafts each and every piece required in the space, from doorknobs to sofas. This practice ensured that the space was harmonious and consistent with Ruhlmann’s vision, and it contributed to the lasting popularity of his designs.

Ruhlmann enjoyed the patronage of the newly affluent and was encouraged by the popularity of Art Deco. While the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements were early influences, he is renowned for the modernity of his Art Deco–era designs, which reflected the celebratory nature of the times, including an integration of opulent flourishes; luxurious materials like Macassar ebony, amboyna burl, ivory and precious metals; and skilled craftsmanship and construction techniques.

Renowned all over the world, Ruhlmann was commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to design a cabinet in 1925, embellishing its curved door with a sophisticated floral motif by way of an ornate marriage of wood and ivory veneer. Also in 1925, at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, arguably the exhibition that introduced Art Deco on an international level, his pavilion was the most popular.

By the time the economic depression of the 1930s materialized, Ruhlmann’s exorbitantly expensive designs were no longer viable. But the majesty and elegance of the ’20s remain an important part of design history, and Ruhlmann has been described as “perhaps its finest exponent.”

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A Philip Johnson Townhouse: 1989 Sotheby's - Important 20th C. Furniture
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Pierre-Emile Legrain, Eileen Gray, Philip Johnson
Located in Rochester, NY
A Philip Johnson Townhouse - Important 20th Century Furniture Collection - May 6, 1989 Sotheby's, New York. 1st Edition. Dark gray cloth hardcover book with silver lettering and dust...
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1980s American Vintage Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Paper

Macassar Wood Letter Rack by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in Montreal, QC
Maccassar Letter rack by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann graduated semi-circle slats on l base, Iron stamped: "Ruhlmann
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1930s French Vintage Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Macassar

Ruhlmann Small Side Table in Macassar Ebony
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Classic French Art Deco small side table/bench by Ruhlmann, 1925, in solid macassar ebony, with new veneered inset top. This small table was used as a small bench and istogether wit...
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Macassar

Black Lacquered Birch "Lalou" Mirror, Jacques Emile Rulhmann
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in Geneve, CH
Black lacquered birch "Lalou" mirror - Jacques Emile Rulhmann Dimensions: 40 W x 20 D x 55 H cm Materials: Black lacquered birch, mirror Customizable finish Lalou was the first...
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2010s French Art Deco Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Mirror, Birch

Natural Varnished Walnut "Lalou" Mirror, Jacques Emile Rulhmann
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in Geneve, CH
Natural varnished walnut "Lalou" mirror - Jacques Emile Rulhmann Dimensions: 40 W x 20 D x 55 H cm Materials: Natural varnished walnut, mirror Customizable finish Lalou was the...
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2010s French Art Deco Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Mirror, Walnut

Set of 2 Wallpapers "JER", Jacques Emile Rulhmann
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 Wallpapers "JER", Jacques Emile Rulhmann Dimensions: 53 W x 0.2 D x 1000 H cm Materials: Wallpaper (paper quality 150g) Different colors are available JER is a wallpap...
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2010s French Art Deco Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Paper

Ceramic lamp by Ruhlmann & Besnard
By Jean Besnard, Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Ceramic lamp by Ruhlmann & Besnard Ball lamp by Ruhlmann in crackled ceramic, signed JEAN BESNARD for Ruhlmann, 1930 Emile Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933) & Jean Besnard (1889-1958) ...
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1930s European Art Deco Vintage Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Ceramic

Wall Console by Jacques-Emile Rulhmann
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in PARIS, FR
It is a unique and exceptional piece by the most talented decorator of the 1930s. He designed this wall for the private mansion of a Bordeaux wine merchant. The 2 Saint-Gobain glas...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Marble

Wall Console by Jacques-Emile Rulhmann
Wall Console by Jacques-Emile Rulhmann
H 98.43 in W 177.17 in D 3.94 in
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