Skip to main content

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.

2
to
1
2
2
2
2
1
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
98
135
20
4
4
Creator: James Mont
Dealer: David Duncan Studio
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...
Category

1960s Vintage James Mont Furniture

Materials

Oak

Pair of Cerused Oak Cabinets with Greek Key Frieze by James Mont
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
A pair of cabinets designed by James Mont, custom made for a private client in New York. Made of black, cerused oak with a blind-fret Greek key border on three sides. Cabinet door op...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

Materials

Oak

Related Items
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.
Category

1950s North American Chinoiserie Vintage James Mont Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Original James Mont Cabinet in Asian Style
Original James Mont Cabinet in Asian Style
H 35.5 in W 46.75 in D 15 in
James Mont Gilt Wood Spiral Lamp
By James Mont, Frederick Cooper
Located in Miami, FL
Spectacular Parcel Gilt and Carved Wood open spiral form table lamp. New custom champagne / golden beige silk shade. The helix shaped lamp is in great original condition with gold l...
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern James Mont Furniture

Materials

Glass, Wood, Silk

Pair of James Mont Asian Inspired Brass Table Lamps
By James Mont
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of large Asian inspired brass or bronze table lamps in manner of James Mont. Newly wired for US with new three-way brass sockets and cords. Shades are not included and are shown...
Category

1960s American Vintage James Mont Furniture

Materials

Brass

Vintage Modern Buffet Cabinet After James Mont
By James Mont
Located in Trenton, NJ
Check out this unique vintage statement piece for your home – a perfectly sized Mid-Century Buffet Cabinet. Inspired by the iconic designs of James Mont, this sliding front credenza ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern James Mont Furniture

Materials

Wood

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...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

Materials

Glass, Lacquer

James Mont Buddha Head Table Lamp Mid Century
By James Mont
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Massive James Mont Buddha head table lamp, great statement piece and becoming quite rare. Professionally rewired, shade not included.
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

Materials

Plaster

Petite James Mont Style Buddha Lamp
By James Mont
Located in Stamford, CT
Petite James Mont style Buddha lamp. Newly rewired. Lamp takes one standard bulb (not included). Lampshade is not included.
Category

1960s American Chinoiserie Vintage James Mont Furniture

Materials

Composition, Metal

James Mont Silver Leafed Cabinet
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful brushed glazed silver leaf cabinet by James Mont. The cabinet has been totally restored to the original finish. The bell shaped metal handles open the doors to an interio...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

Materials

Silver Leaf

James Mont Silver Leafed Cabinet
James Mont Silver Leafed Cabinet
H 34.5 in W 32 in D 22.5 in
Pair of James Mont Oak Front Cabinets
By James Mont
Located in New York, NY
Stunning pair of cabinets by James Mont. The newly refinished black satin cabinets are set off by wonderful oak patchwork door fronts. One cabinet has four interior drawers and the...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

Materials

Wood, Oak

Pair of James Mont Oak Front Cabinets
Pair of James Mont Oak Front Cabinets
H 40.25 in W 39.75 in D 17.25 in
James Mont Console Cabinet
By James Mont
Located in Hanover, MA
Grand scale console cabinet in hand rubbed black lacquer finish by James Mont (1904-1978), the "godfather of exotic modernism" who introduced "orientalism" into American 20th century...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

James Mont Console Cabinet
James Mont Console Cabinet
H 77.25 in W 81.75 in D 15.25 in
Pair of James Mont Style Bedside Tables
By James Mont
Located in Stamford, CT
Asian James Mont style pair of cabinets. Great chinoiserie details, good looking pulls. Ready for a new lacquer finish or a good wood polish. Flat surface is 27 inches high.  
Category

1960s American Vintage James Mont Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Midcentury Huge Grapevine Table Lamp by James Mont
By James Mont
Located in Pasadena, CA
Gilded grapevine and silvered leaves ornate the shaft of this lamp which stands on two bases, one silvered, the other one gilded. The unusually high height of the table lamp shows of...
Category

1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage James Mont Furniture

Materials

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.

Recently Viewed

View All