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Jules Leleu

French, 1883-1961

A designer and ensemblier, Jules Leleu was one of the key authors of the Art Deco movement. While he did not win the fame of such contemporaries as Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean-Michel Frank, Leleu had a longer career and was easily their peer in the conception of trim, refined furniture forms and in the use of the opulent materials — from lacquer and ivory to sharkskin and exotic woods — that were a keynote of haute Art Deco design.

Leleu was born into a family of artisans and decorators. Their firm, Maison Leleu, had existed since the 18th century and Jules would guide it through much of the 20th. (The business lasted until 1973, headed at the end by Jules's children.) He studied architecture, served as an aviator in World War I, and after the conflict took up design full-time. Leleu presented work at the 1925 exposition in Paris that gave us the term Art Deco, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York purchased a burl amboyna wood commode by Leleu directly from the show.

As the desks, dining tables and other furniture on 1stDibs show, Leleu was a stickler for precision craft and preferred to let his materials do the talking — his furniture is generally spare and sleek; its presence is established by figuring (or patterning/graining) in the wood and the occasional marquetry medallion. He had a keen eye for currents in design, and an adaptable sensibility. Maison Leleu would embrace many of the starker forms of modernism after the 1940s, as well as new materials such as artificial lacquer and plastics (then considered cutting-edge rather than cheap). Jules Leleu is a guiding light of 20th-century modernism: a man whose work represents both a devotion to traditional handiwork and an appreciation for the next wave in design.

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Jules Leleu "Meuble feu d'Artifices," Fireworks Cabinet, France, circa 1946
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
An exceptional, rare mahogany cabinet made by Jules Leleu the year after the war, featuring gilt bronze details and ornaments, and an elaborate, mother of pearl and ebony inlay by Me...
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1940s French Vintage Jules Leleu

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Bronze

Jules Leleu, Set of Six Dining Chairs, France, C. 1957
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
A set of six mahogany dining chairs with bronze sabots by Jules Leleu Each numbered: 30046 For a sketch of this model, see Siriex, Françoise. The House of Leleu. New York: Huds...
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Late 20th Century French Jules Leleu

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Bronze

Art Deco Floor Lamp by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Montreal, QC
Beautiful Art Deco rosewood floor lamp with fine gilt bronze mounts by Jules Leleu, signed: Jules Leleu.
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1940s French Vintage Jules Leleu

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Rosewood

Jules Leleu Pair of Roll-Back Armchairs
By Jules Leleu
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Art Deco pair of armchairs by Jules Leleu, circa 1935. Please note these chairs are unrestored in the photographs. Four available. Priced per pair. JULES-EMILE LELEU (1883...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu

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Walnut

  • Jules Leleu Pair of Roll-Back Armchairs
  • Jules Leleu Pair of Roll-Back Armchairs
  • Jules Leleu Pair of Roll-Back Armchairs
  • Jules Leleu Pair of Roll-Back Armchairs
H 32 in. W 21 in. D 21 in.
Art Deco Table by Jules leleu c1940
By Jules Leleu
Located in Paddock Wood Tonbridge, GB
An Art Deco center table by Jules leleu, the table has a parquetry top with eight cubbyholes and stands on sabre legs. The table has been fully polished by hand and is in excellent c...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu

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Walnut

  • Art Deco Table by Jules leleu c1940
  • Art Deco Table by Jules leleu c1940
  • Art Deco Table by Jules leleu c1940
  • Art Deco Table by Jules leleu c1940
H 28.75 in. W 33.86 in. D 33.86 in.
Jules Leleu Double Pedestal Mahogany Art Deco Desk with Gilt Bronze Details
By Jules Leleu
Located in St. Louis, MO
Jules Leleu (1883-1961) double-fronted mahogany and brass desk, circa 1935. Having two set of four pedestal drawers and a single frieze drawer, accented in gilt bronze. Inset with p...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu

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Bronze

French Art Deco Ebony de Macassar Marquetry and Bronze Mounted Credenza, J Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Hollywood, FL
Superb French Art Deco Ebony de Macassar Marquetry inlaid Bronze Mounted Credenza, inlaid with lemonwood and mother of pearl, documented In Book LELEU.
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu

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Bronze

Circular Lacquered Wood Low Table by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Montreal, QC
Circular brown "laque nuagé" lacquered wood low table by Jules Leleu resting on four oak legs joined by a patinated bronze "x' form stretcher. Signed on paper label under the top, J...
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1950s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu

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Wood

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Jules Leleu furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Jules Leleu furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Jules Leleu furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 194 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Jules Leleu was created in Europe during the 20th century in Art Deco style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Jean Pascaud, Maurice Dufrêne and Maxime Old. Prices for Jules Leleu furniture may differ depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $890 and tops out at $225,000, while pieces like these can sell for $17,500 on average.