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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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Émile Ruhlmann Art Deco Silver Plate over Bronze Antelope Vanity or Table Mirror
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in North Miami, FL
This exquisite and substantial period Art Deco signed Émile Ruhlmann tabletop or vanity mirror is silver plate over bronze. It is called the antelope mirror. A new beveled mirror of ...
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Silver Plate, Bronze

from Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann Wall Lamp, 1930, Decorative Art
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Applique Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, 1930, decorative art, silver bronze, shade sheet. Wall lamp: H 22cm, W 27cm, P 23cm Shade: H 18cm, W 36cm, W 20cm.
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Bronze

Emile Jacques Ruhlmann Sideboard
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in London, GB
An important sideboard by Émile Jacques Ruhlmann, in oak and elm veneer, matching ball door handles, resting on a rectangular base plinth. The two front doors open onto shelves and ...
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20th Century French Art Deco Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Elm, Oak

  • Emile Jacques Ruhlmann Sideboard
  • Emile Jacques Ruhlmann Sideboard
  • Emile Jacques Ruhlmann Sideboard
  • Emile Jacques Ruhlmann Sideboard
H 38.19 in. W 78.75 in. D 19.69 in.
Emile Jacques Ruhlmann Desk
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in London, GB
ÉMILE-JACQUES RUHLMANN Desk A dévoré oak desk by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, with a tan leather top and small drawer to the front. Provenance : Maison des Provinces de France, cité u...
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20th Century French Art Deco Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Leather, Oak

  • Emile Jacques Ruhlmann Desk
  • Emile Jacques Ruhlmann Desk
  • Emile Jacques Ruhlmann Desk
  • Emile Jacques Ruhlmann Desk
H 29.93 in. W 43.31 in. D 23.63 in.
Secretary Cabinet by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in New York, NY
A Macassar ebony secretaire side cabinet with a rectangular stepped top above an open recess and a fall front enclosing a fitted interior, flanked by cupboard doors enclosing shelves...
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Early 20th Century Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Macassar

  • Secretary Cabinet by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann
  • Secretary Cabinet by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann
  • Secretary Cabinet by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann
  • Secretary Cabinet by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann
H 60.5 in. W 48 in. D 15.25 in.
Ruhlmann Chandelier
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in Bridgewater, CT
Jacques Emile Ruhlmann Chandelier Small fixture made of multiple rows of satin glass pearls. Designed for restaurant Drouant in Paris, France. Documentation: Florance Camard "Ruh...
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Glass

  • Ruhlmann Chandelier
  • Ruhlmann Chandelier
  • Ruhlmann Chandelier
  • Ruhlmann Chandelier
H 11.5 in. Dm 14 in.
Ruhlmann Ducharne Grand Piano Art Deco French Macassar Rosewood Gold Baby Grand
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in Ettlingen, DE
Unique grand piano by Ignace Pleyel, case by Emil-Jaques Ruhlmann, the inventor of the French Art Déco. If you are looking for the Best of the Best, this piano is for you. This stunn...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Bronze, Gold Leaf

"Cuellar" Wing Chair, Model 101AR/221NR
By Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Located in Paris, FR
In amaranth, with visible frame going all-over the back and the armrests with flat cuffs resting on the front upright. The low band rests on two bead-shaped legs in gilded bronze w...
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Other

  • "Cuellar" Wing Chair, Model 101AR/221NR
  • "Cuellar" Wing Chair, Model 101AR/221NR
  • "Cuellar" Wing Chair, Model 101AR/221NR
  • "Cuellar" Wing Chair, Model 101AR/221NR
H 29.53 in. W 23.63 in. D 34.26 in.
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Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann collection to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 20 vintage editions of these items, while there are 3 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Art Deco style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Edouard Cazaux, Jean Noverdy and Gilbert Poillerat. The prices for Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs the price for these items starts at $149 and tops out at $404,017, while pieces like these can sell for $16,850 on average.

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