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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, Art Deco Bench with Fluted Mahogany Frame, France, circa 1925
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Please note that the fluted carving seen on our bench is an element of the design vocabulary used by Jules Leleu in the mid-1920s, as seen on the chair featured on the dust jacket of...
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Set of Ten Mahogany Sits by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Paris, FR
Exceptional set of ten "Elysee model" sits by Jules Leleu, 1946-1948, including eight chairs and two armchairs. Measure: Armchairs width 60 cm. Reference: F. Siriex, Les Leleu, de´c...
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1940s French Vintage Jules Leleu

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Bronze

  • Set of Ten Mahogany Sits by Jules Leleu
  • Set of Ten Mahogany Sits by Jules Leleu
  • Set of Ten Mahogany Sits by Jules Leleu
  • Set of Ten Mahogany Sits by Jules Leleu
H 44.89 in. W 20.08 in. D 19.69 in.
French Art Deco Display Cabinet in Macassar by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Oakland, CA
Classic Art Deco cabinet by Jules Leleu exhibits the fine details of French Modernist Furniture that won awards in the important Parisian expositions of 1925 and 1937. His glamorous ...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu

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Macassar

French Mid Century Ebony Bar by Art Deco Furniture Designer Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Miami, FL
An exquisite mid century bar by famed French Art Deco furniture designer, Jules Leleu (1883-1961), in fine Maccasar ebony with marquetry inlays in ebony, abalone & mother of pearl de...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu

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Sycamore, Abalone, Mother-of-Pearl, Ebony

Set of 6 Art Deco Dining Chairs by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
An exceptional set of six mahogany dining chairs, comprising four side chairs and two armchairs. Each with a serpentine outlined back. The arms being out swept, all having upholstere...
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20th Century Jules Leleu

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Bronze

  • Set of 6 Art Deco Dining Chairs by Jules Leleu
  • Set of 6 Art Deco Dining Chairs by Jules Leleu
  • Set of 6 Art Deco Dining Chairs by Jules Leleu
  • Set of 6 Art Deco Dining Chairs by Jules Leleu
H 44.75 in. W 23.5 in. D 25.75 in.
Mahogany and Laque Nuagée Guéridon by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Montreal, QC
Mahogany and laque nuagée guéridon by Jules Leleu. stamped signature "J. Leleu", with circular lacquered top, set on mahogany tripod base with nickel plated bronze curved feet.
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1950s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu

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Mahogany

Set of Six Ocean Liner Armchairs by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Bridgewater, CT
Jules Leleu (1883-1961). Set of six beechwood armchairs, "fauteuils de paquebot", with coiled armrest supports, reupholstered with dark green leather, standing on four slightly arch...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu

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Leather, Beech

  • Set of Six Ocean Liner Armchairs by Jules Leleu
  • Set of Six Ocean Liner Armchairs by Jules Leleu
  • Set of Six Ocean Liner Armchairs by Jules Leleu
  • Set of Six Ocean Liner Armchairs by Jules Leleu
H 34.25 in. W 22.25 in. D 20.9 in.
Fine French Art Deco Armchair by Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Long Island City, NY
A fine French Art Deco stained beech "bridge" armchair by Leleu.
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu

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Fabric, Beech

  • Fine French Art Deco Armchair by Leleu
  • Fine French Art Deco Armchair by Leleu
  • Fine French Art Deco Armchair by Leleu
  • Fine French Art Deco Armchair by Leleu
H 34.65 in. W 23.23 in. D 24.81 in.
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Jules Leleu Sellers

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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.

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