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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.

Jules Leleu, Art Deco Walnut Cabinet, France, C. 1944
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Fine walnut four-door cabinet by Jules Leleu with bronze medallion by Champreix For an illustration of an identical cabinet, see Mobilier et Décoration, no. 5. December 1946. F...
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20th Century French Jules Leleu

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Bronze

Jules Leleu, Mahogany and Leather Armchair, France, circa 1945
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Mahogany and leather visitor armchair by Jules Leleu. Marked with model number.
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1940s French Vintage Jules Leleu

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Leather, Mahogany

Round Rug
By Jules Leleu
Located in Paris, FR
Circular woollen carpet with geometrical decoration.
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20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu

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Wool

Round Rug
Round Rug
Dm 96.46 in
Art Deco Desk And Chairs Set By Jules Leleu And Maxime Old
By Jules Leleu, Maxime Old
Located in New Orleans, LA
This timeless chair and desk set features the iconic designs of two French Art Deco greats, Jules Leleu and Maxime Old. Together, the chic set epitomizes the fluid elegance of this p...
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20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu

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Velvet, Mahogany, Lacquer

Single 'Double Torsade' Sconce Jules Leleu, France, Art Moderne, Ca. 1947
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Gilded bronze two-light sconce composed of a round backplate issuing two candlearms in the shape of stylized intertwined ropes ending in shades. Signed and numbered on the reverse. L...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jules Leleu

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Bronze

Pair of Art Deco Silk Armchairs by Jules Leleu for La Mamounia Hotel
By Jules Leleu
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful pair of art déco armchairs Designed by Jules Leleu in 1929, and re-issued in 1986 for La Mamounia hotel Marrakesh which was commissioned by Jacques Garcia. This beautiful...
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1980s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu

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Chrome

Set of Two Restored Art Deco Armchairs, by Jules Leleu, Beech, France, 1930s
By Jules Leleu
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Designer: Jules Leleu Source: France Period: 1930-1939 It has been re-polished with polyutherane piano lacquer by our professional refurbishing team in Czechia according to the orig...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu

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Wood, Fabric, Upholstery, Beech, Lacquer

Restored Beech Art Deco Armchair by Jules Leleu, Revived Polish, France, 1930s
By Jules Leleu
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Restored beech Art Deco armchair by Jules Leleu. Period : 1920 -1929 Source : France Designed by Jules Leleu, a French designer at the top of French 20th Century decoration who dis...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu

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Upholstery, Wood, Beech

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Jules Leleu furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Jules Leleu 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 Jules Leleu furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Jules Leleu were created in the Art Deco style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Charles Dudouyt, André Arbus, and Jean Pascaud. Prices for Jules Leleu furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $890 and can go as high as $225,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $16,817.

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