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James Mont Furniture

American, Turkish, 1904-1978

James Mont’s life as an unmistakably talented furniture designer and interior decorator could fill the pages of a best-selling novel or be reimagined as a Hollywood feature film. From the 1930s through the 1960s, Tinseltown’s glitterati and Manhattan’s Mafia underworld coveted his sofas, coffee tables and table lamps.

Mont was born Demetrios Pecintoglu in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1904 to a family of artists. He reportedly studied architecture and art in Spain and France, and during the 1920s, Mont immigrated with his family to the United States.

Mont and his family settled in New York, where he found work in a Brooklyn electrical supply shop. There he sold hardware and designed his own lighting fixtures. The latter caught the eye of a gangster named Frankie Yale, who commissioned him to refurnish his house. Mont’s opulent designs drew on Art Deco, Hollywood Regency and were occasionally marked by chinoiserie, then a very popular trend in decorating. He created the kind of low-profile side tables and sofas that are frequently associated with mid-century modernism, and he is credited today with helping popularize the integration of Asian influences in modern American design.

Mont soon attracted New York City’s most infamous crime bosses, including Charles “Lucky” Luciano and Frank Costello. For a range of mobsters, he created fashionable, functional and sophisticated pieces such as collapsible home bars that would fold down and out of view — a particularly convenient feature during Prohibition — and tables and desks with secret drawers, which were also handy to Mont’s shady clientele.

“You bought a bar from him, and he would also deliver booze in a baby carriage,” antiques dealer and furniture retailer Todd Merrill told New York about Mont in 2008.

Mont designed a room for the World’s Fair in 1939 and later befriended Hollywood celebrities such as Bob Hope, who was best man at his wedding, Irving Berlin and Lana Turner. During the 1940s and ‘50s, Mont continued designing furniture, mastering finishing techniques such as lacquering and incorporating a distinctive “leafing” print effect with silver and gold into his pieces.

Mont’s designs enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s, and his pieces continue to be sought after by collectors.

On 1stDibs, discover a range of vintage James Mont sideboards, tables and storage cabinets.

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Creator: James Mont
Pair of James Mont Chinoiserie Black Lacquer Armchairs
By James Mont
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Sensational glamorous horseshoe shaped James Mont loveseat having two sculptural club chairs that match and are sold separately. High gloss black lacquer with brass details and Asian...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Lacquer

James Mont Combed Oak KOI Credenza, Signed
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Rare, made to order Koi cabinet featuring solid oak construction which has a custom white/sand cerused, wire brush finish. Cabinet features 4 large deep dr...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern James Mont Furniture

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Oak

Glitzy Black Gold & Red Lacquered James Mont 3 Piece Livingroom Set
By James Mont
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Sensational glamorous 3 piece salon set by James Mont having two sculptural club chairs and a gorgeous loveseat, all in a high gloss black lacquer wi...
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1980s American Hollywood Regency Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

James Mont, Dresser, Wood, USA, 1940s
By James Mont
Located in High Point, NC
A wood dresser designed and produced by James Mont, USA, c. 1940s. Originally from a James Mont interior.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Wood

Pr James Mont King Cole Style Arm Lounge Chairs Bentwood Frames and Caned Backs
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Chic, sleek, and sophisticated pair of caned back lounge chairs, known as the King Cole chair, design attributed to James mont. The chairs feature a d...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern James Mont Furniture

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Cane, Wood

Pair of Frederick Cooper “Helix” Table Lamps
By James Mont
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of Frederick Cooper Helix lamps designed by James Mont. Hand-carved fruitwood with a double barley twist. Art Deco/ Hollywood Regency feel. Re-wired for the US with Edison socke...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Wood, Giltwood, Fruitwood

James Mont Pair of Hand Carved Figural Table Lamps 1950s
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Pair of hand carved table lamps with Chinese figures decorated in gold leaf and white gold leaf by James Mont, American 1950's. New custom silk shades by Lobel Modern. These iconic ...
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1950s American Chinoiserie Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Brass, Gold Leaf

James Mont, Armchairs, Wood, Velvet, USA, 1940s
By James Mont
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of black-lacquer wood and brown velvet armchairs, designed and produced by James Mont, USA, c. 1940s.
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Velvet, Wood

James Mont Americna Black Lacquer and Brass Octagonal Low Coffee Table Frame
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century American "Hollywood Regency" style octagonal low coffee table frame, finished in high sheen black lacquer with decorative brass mounts. (JAMES MONT) (glass top missing bu...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern James Mont Furniture

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Brass, Metal

Mid-Century Cream Lacquered & Silver Leafed Pair of Spire Lamps By James Mont
By James Mont
Located in Charleston, SC
An elegant pair of Mid-Century Hollywood Regence Cream Lacquered & Silver Leafed Wood Spire Lamps By James Mont. The Regal James Mont Lamps have Exotic Caribbean Coral Color square ...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency James Mont Furniture

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Silver Leaf

20th Century James Mont "Natural Form" Table Lamp
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
A large James Mont (1904-1978) "Natural Form" Table Lamp having an intricate hand carved oak wood column with a stylized rockward base on a square plinth. Includes its original cerus...
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1960s Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Oak

Modern Console Table Credenza by James Mont, circa 1960, USA
By James Mont
Located in North York, ON
Modern Console Table Credenza by James Mont, circa 1960s, USA. Masterfully restored by the artisans at Carrocel in a semi-gloss white lacquered finish with hand painted gold accents....
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1960s American Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Gold Leaf

Original James Mont Cabinet in Asian Style
By James Mont
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Rare cabinet by James Mont in chinoiserie style. Original black lacquer and red painted interior. Original gilded wood handles.
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1950s North American Chinoiserie Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Mahogany

Set of Four Signed James Mont Black Drink Glasses with Hand Drawn Caricatures
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
This whimsical and sophisticated set of James Mont glasses were realized by James Mont, circa 1960. Realized in translucent glass, these water glasses feature four unique hand drawn ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Enamel

Stunning James Mont Five-Panel Eglomise Room Divider Screen From the 1950s
By James Mont
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This magnificent James Mont screen room divider , created in 1950, is a stunning example of Mont's Chinese-modern style. Each of the glass panels is hand-finished with a verre eglomise design in gold metal leaf, backed with a silver metal leaf. The mirrors are framed in Mont's smoked-silver metal-leaf technique with some shades of red and are formed with pierced bases and pagoda-style tops. this screen can be found in "Modern Americana...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Glass, Wood

Set of 4 James Mont American Black Lacquered Stripe Upholstered Dining Chairs
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
SET of 4 midcentury American dining / side chairs with a black lacquered wooden frames featuring geometric openwork backs and central splats carved as an organic shaped cut out, and ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern James Mont Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood, Fabric

Set of 6 James Mont American Modern Cerused and Silver Gilt Dining Side Chairs
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
SET of 6 midcentury (1950s) American Modern matte gray cerused oak dining chairs, 2 armchairs, 4 side chairs, the back and seat upholstered in a textured geometric pattern with gold ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern James Mont Furniture

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Wood, Fabric, Upholstery, Oak

James Mont American High Back, Button Tufted White Lacquered Lounge/Armchair
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century American (1950) lounge / armchair with a high, tapered, button tufted back, curved frame, rolled arms, upholstered in faux white leather...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern James Mont Furniture

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Textile, Upholstery, Wood

James Mont, Pair of Giltwood Table Lamps, United States, circa 1960
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Mont’s designs set him apart as a singular figure of the American midcentury. Straddling the overlapping worlds of Art Deco, Hollywood Regency, and Mid- century Modern, he conformed ...
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1960s American Hollywood Regency Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Wood

Pair of James Mont Style Lacquered Horseshoe Chairs by Century
By Century Furniture, James Mont
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Opulent pair of large Chinese ming style horseshoe lounge chairs made by Century. Originally designed by James Mont these chairs epitomize his over the...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern James Mont Furniture

Materials

Brass

James Mont Design, Signed, Pencil Reed Trapezoidal Cabinet
By James Mont
Located in Hanover, MA
James Mont Design, signed, trapezoidal single door cabinet in pencil reed, suitable as nightstand or side cabinet. Circa 1948. Measures 24" H x 24"...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Reed

Mid Century Gilded Wood Vanity Dresser, Dressing Table by James Mont
By James Mont
Located in Glasgow, GB
Vanity dresser - dressing table by James Mont Bring some Hollywood Regency into your room with this wonderful vintage vanity dresser - dressi...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Wood

James Mont Silver Greek Key Motif Side Chair
By James Mont
Located in Stamford, CT
1940s James Mont Greek key motif side chair. Recently repainted in antique silver painted finish. Recently upholstered in grey Edelman Leather calf ha...
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1940s American Hollywood Regency Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Animal Skin, Wood

Large James Mont Oak Cabinet
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Stunning large Bleached Oak cabinet by James Mont. The cabinet has been Newly refinished in a Natural bleached oak and is accented with Antiqued gilt pulls.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Wood

Pair of 1950's James Mont "War of the Worlds" Lamps
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Spectacular Rare pair of 1950's James Mont lamps. The main lacquered lamp bodies are supported by eight tapered brass legs, and they have been Newly rewired for the US with adjus...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Brass

James Mont Lacquered Horse Shoe Chairs w/ New Silk Upholstery by Century, a Pair
By Century Furniture, James Mont
Located in Germantown, MD
Opulent pair of large James Mont Ming style horseshoe lounge chairs made by Century Furniture. Designed by James Mont ,these chairs epitomize his over ...
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Mid-20th Century American Ming James Mont Furniture

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Brass

James Mont American High Style Green Lacquer and Glass Rectangular Cocktail
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century High Style (circa 1940) rectangular coffee table with a green lacquered wooden frame, a clear glass top, and a rectangular stretcher shelf. (JAMES MONT)
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern James Mont Furniture

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Wood, Glass, Paint

Mid-Century Sideboard in Black Lacquer with Greek Key Detail by James Mont
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern black lacquer sideboard was realized by the legendary designer James Mont in the United States circa 1950. The hind legs of the piece are straight, volumetric rectangular forms, while the front legs have two L-shaped embellishments shooting out from the central stem- offering additional support and obliquely recalling elements of historical antique Chinese design motifs. The center of the piece is recessed, while the two sides are fitted with doors that open to reveal recessed shelves on the left and drawers on the right. The front of the doors offer traditional Kantharos Greek urns with stylized handles culminating in Greek Key forms (a whimsical, tongue in cheek play on a classical motif). Additionally, there is a geometric border at the apex of the piece, suggesting a deconstructed Greek key motif. The piece is fitted with a smoked mirror top that offers a striking contrast to the black lacquer throughout the piece. Mont was renowned for assimilating elements of classical, orientalist, and Art Deco design into a modern sensibility, using the most luxuriant materials available, a style he termed "Chinese Modern." Mont's pieces filled the interiors of the "who's who" in midcentury America, from East Coast Mafia tycoons to Hollywood's elite. This iconic and dramatic piece exemplifies the qualities that collectors treasure in Mont's practice. The high keyed contrast of the radiant black lacquer finish and gilt recalls the opulent interiors of an Oriental palace...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Glass, Lacquer

Large Pair of Brass Lamps by James Mont
By James Mont
Located in Houston, TX
Large pair of brass lamps by James Mont. This stunning pair of Hollywood Regency Asian Modern brass lamps are statement pieces and have been n...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Brass

Art Deco Coffee Table by James Mont in Original Estate Condition
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Classic Art Deco, Hollywood Regency style low slung coffee, cocktail table by enigmatic designer, James Mont. The table exhibits Art Deco, Asia Modern and traditional Chinese design ...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco James Mont Furniture

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Wood

Pair of Frederick Cooper “Helix” Table Lamps
By James Mont
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of Frederick Cooper Helix lamps designed by James Mont. Hand-carved fruitwood with a double barley twist. Art Deco/ Hollywood Regency feel. Re-wired for the US with Edison socke...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Wood, Fruitwood, Giltwood

Pair of Asian Modern Brass Lamps by James Mont
By James Mont, Chapman Manufacturing Company, The Marbro Lamp Company
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of Asian Modern brass lamps by James Mont. These stunning heavyweight Hollywood Regency brass lamps feature Chinese characters, Greek key...
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1960s Unknown Hollywood Regency Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Brass

Art Deco Hollywood Regency Sideboard Credenza by James Mont
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Chic Art Deco, Hollywood Regency sideboard, credenza, server by noted master of the genre, James Mont. This example features a faux tortoise lacquered exterior, with unexpected ( exc...
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1940s American Hollywood Regency Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Wood

Signed James Mont Coffee Table Ca. 1940s
By James Mont
Located in Peabody, MA
Coffee table signed "James Mont Designs". Mahogany top with contrasting lacquered base with fretwork legs in an Asian inspired style.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Mahogany

Midcentury James Mont Table Lamp
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
This James Mont table lamp is comprised of a cast bronze body with wood base and top. It was made in the Mid-20th Century. Like Mont's other eccentric designs, the lamp brings togeth...
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Mid-20th Century James Mont Furniture

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Bronze

James Mont Cinnabar Lacquered Wall Bracket
By James Mont
Located in Hanover, MA
James Mont Design cinnabar lacquered wall bracket, removed from a private residence designed by James Mont at 370 East 76th Street, New York, NY circa...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Giltwood

Pair of James Mont Asian Modern Brass Lamps
By Chapman Manufacturing Company, The Marbro Lamp Company, James Mont
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of James Mont Asian Modern brass lamps. These stunning heavyweight Hollywood Regency brass lamps feature Chinese characters, Greek keys a...
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1960s Chinese Hollywood Regency Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Brass

Vintage Mid Century James Mont 2 Piece Asian Style Lacquered Sectional Sofa
By James Mont
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is this iconic two piece James Mont sofa sectional with a lacquered wood frame. Dimensions: 85w x 39d x 25h Arm Height: 22" Seat Height: 18" Seat Depth: 22...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern James Mont Furniture

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Wood

Pair of James Mont Wall Brackets
By James Mont
Located in Hanover, MA
Pair of stylized Asian modernist triangular wall mounted brackets in black lacquer and gold leaf by James Mont Designs. Demilune display ledge is ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Wood, Lacquer

Beautiful Red Lacquered Cabinet by James Mont
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful red lacquered cabinet by James Mont. The cabinet has been Newly refinished in a stunning high gloss red lacquer accented by gold leaf pulls. The ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Gold Leaf

James Mont Quatrefoil Folding Screens
By James Mont
Located in Houston, TX
Custom pair of James Mont ebonized folding screens made for a 300 Park Central West home. The folding screens consist of three panels (95"H x 60.25"W x 1.25"D) each with intricate qu...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency James Mont Furniture

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Wood

James Mont Ceramic Tara Buddha Head Lamp, circa 1950
By James Mont
Located in San Francisco, CA
James Mont ceramic Tara Buddha head lamp, circa 1950 Dimensions: 6" wide x 7" deep at the base x 29.5" high to the socket x 42" high to the finial ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern James Mont Furniture

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Ceramic

James Mont Egyptian Canopic Jar Table Lamp
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
James Mont Mid-Century Modern ebonized and parcel gilt molded composition table lamp in shape of an Egyptian canopic jar, designed circa 1960. Dimen...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Metal

Signed James Mont Sideboard in Black Lacquer W/ Gilded Wood Pulls
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
This sideboard, signed by the illustrious 20th century designer James Mont, has an impact rarely seen. Bold and forward facing, this sideboard is beautifully restored in gleaming Bla...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Gold Leaf

Signed James Mont Design Pagoda Cocktail Cabinet
By James Mont
Located in Hanover, MA
Signed "James Mont Design" 1950's 'Chinese Modern' pagoda-form black lacquer bar cabinet with red lacquer interior and 'speakeasy' discrete swivel c...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Wood

Midcentury James Mont Velvet Mohair Sofa
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century sofa designed by James Mont. It is newly reupholstered in a taupe-toned velvet mohair. The elegant design is one of smooth lines and curves. We particularly love the...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern James Mont Furniture

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Mohair, Wood

Pair of JAMES MONT Design Gilt Leafed Lamps
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Stunning pair of Wooden lamps with a beautiful gilt leafed finished. The lamps have been Newly re gilded and rewired with adjustable polished bras...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Wood

James Mont Lamp
By James Mont
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Large scale table lamp. Carved and gilt surface. Period shade.
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1950s American Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Wood

James Mont Dark Tinted Mirror in Cinnabar Lacquer Frame
By James Mont
Located in Hanover, MA
Oversize James Mont cinnabar flame lacquer finish framed wall mirror 66" H x 60" W x 2" D. The mirrored glass itself is tinted quite dark. Provenance: from a private residence desi...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Mirror, Wood

James Mont Designs Asian Giltwood Panel
By James Mont
Located in Hanover, MA
James Mont Asian mid-century modern carved giltwood fretwork wall panel with central circular stylized Orientalist carving with bamboo leaves and lotus trees, hand rubbed gold and silver leaf. 43" H x 45" W. Provenance: Removed from a private residence decorated by James Mont at 370 East 76th Street, New York, NY. James Mont frequently used such panels in his furniture and interior designs such as these lacquered console cabinets...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Giltwood

James Mont Style Horseshoe Lounge Chairs, Pair
By James Mont
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Stunning pair of James Mont style Asian horseshoe armchairs. Both possess a dark stain wood frame with hand carved reliefs and decorations. The ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Wool, Wood

James Mont Mid-Century Modern Mahogany & Glass Top Art Deco Nesting Side Tables
By James Mont
Located in Philadelphia, PA
James Mont Mid-Century Modern mahogany & glass Top Art Deco nesting side tables. Set includes black glass tops, graduating size, very rare vintage set, clean modernist lines, quality...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern James Mont Furniture

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Glass, Mahogany

James Mont Rectangle Black Lacquer Glass Top Deco Mid Century Coffee Table
By James Mont
Located in Rockaway, NJ
James Mont rectangle black lacquer glass top Deco mid-century coffee table. Two tier glass top coffee table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern James Mont Furniture

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Glass, Hardwood

Spectacular James Mont Cabinet
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Spectacular James Mont cabinet Newly restored in a stunning high gloss lacquered finish. The cabinet features two center doors with adjustable interior shelves and six side drawers....
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Softwood

James Mont Architectural Side Table
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Architectural side table by James Mont. Square side table with Architectural column details and banded with a Greek Key trim. The table ret...
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1950s American Neoclassical Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Gold Leaf

Set of Six Leather James Mont "King Cole" Chairs
By James Mont
Located in Dallas, TX
Magnificently designed, James Mont style bent beechwood armchairs. Most famously used by James Mont in one of his most notable commissions, the King Cole Penthouse in Miami. Mont use...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Leather, Bentwood

Set of Eight Art Deco Influenced Dining Chairs by James Mont
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Set of eight Art Deco influenced dining chairs by James Mont The beautifully carved chairs have the original silver leafed finish which is in Great condition with minimal wear and t...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Silver Leaf

Spectacular Pair of Rare James Mont Scroll Cabinets
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Beautifully executed pair of James Mont cabinets with scroll handles. The cabinets have been Newly restored in a glazed silver leaf finish and are branded "JAMES MONT DESIGN".
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

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Wood

James Mont furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

James Mont furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of James Mont furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by James Mont were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Gerald Thurston, The Marbro Lamp Company, and Robert Sonneman.

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