Jules Leleu (France, 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 furniture presented here shows, 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, Mahogany and Leather Visitor Armchair, France, C. 1945
Jules Leleu, Mahogany and Leather Visitor Armchair...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Armchairs
Leather, Mahogany
Mahogany and leather visitor armchair by Jules Leleu. Marked with model number.
Jules Leleu Buffet

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Buffet
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Buffets
Bronze, Rosewood
This exceptional rosewood and bronze buffet was designed and signed by Jules Leleu, the legendary French furniture designer of the last century. The buffet features three slightly curve...
Jules Leleu Console

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Console
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Console Tables
Classic French Art Deco console in ash and ash veneers. Presented at the 1927 Salon des Artistes Decorateurs in Paris. Pictured in the SAD portfolio.
Exceptional Pair of Torch Sconces with Blown Glass Shade by Leleu, 1950s
Exceptional Pair of Torch Sconces with Blown Glass...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze, Glass
Jules Leleu (1883–1961). An exceptional pair of single-branch torch sconces.  Gunmetal and polished bronze mounts, blown bubble-filled glass shade with white bubbled inner shade. Franc...
Important Art Deco Sideboard by Jules Leleu

By Jules Leleu
Important Art Deco Sideboard by Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Credenzas
An important Art Deco sideboard by Jules Leleu (1883-1961) The entire piece veneered in rosewood of superb colour, resting on sabre legs terminating in bronze scrolling end sabot feet,...
Desk Chair by Jules Leleu, France, Art Moderne, circa 1946

By Jules Leleu
Desk Chair by Jules Leleu, France, Art Moderne, ci...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Chairs
Mahogany
Pivoting mahogany desk chair with an in-curved backrest and armrest with scroll supports, raised on a large square column on an X-form platform. Numbered 25635. Literature: F. Siriex‘s ...
Pair of Jules Leleu Armchairs

By Jules Leleu
Pair of Jules Leleu Armchairs
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Lounge Chairs
A rare neoclassical pair of Jules Leleu armchairs in French walnut.
Jules Leleu Art Deco Jardinière, circa 1935

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Art Deco Jardinière, circa 1935
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Planters and Jardinieres
Bronze, Zinc, Rosewood
A Jules Leleu Art Deco jardinière, circa 1940. Rosewood and bronze with originals zinc planter receivers Jules Leleu sticker “Certificate of Authenticity” and stamped numbers underne...
Pair of Two-Arm Sconces, Jules Leleu, France, Art Moderne, 1940s

By Jules Leleu
Pair of Two-Arm Sconces, Jules Leleu, France, Art ...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze, Glass
Gilded bronze with faceted glass, cast with tendril contours and drapery. Literature: Siriex's Leleu Decorateurs Ensembliers, Paris 2007, pages 47, 221, and 343. Two pairs available. M...
 Fine Jules Leleu Designed Bar Cabinet

By Jules Leleu
Fine Jules Leleu Designed Bar Cabinet
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Bronze, Mahogany
A fine Jules Leleu designed modernist two-door bar cabinet. Mahogany marquetry details on the doors, resting on patinated gilt bronze legs. Interior door shelves crafted in polished...
Jules Leleu, Set of Six Dining Chairs, France, C. 1957

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Set of Six Dining Chairs, France, C. ...
Jules Leleu
Late 20th Century French Dining Room Chairs
Bronze, Mahogany
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: Hudson ...
Jules Leleu, Pair of Mahogany Armchairs, France, C. 1930

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Pair of Mahogany Armchairs, France, C...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Armchairs
Bronze, Mahogany
Pair of mahogany armchairs by Jules Leleu with gilt-bronze sabots. For illustrations of similar armchairs, see: Mobilier et Décoration, no. 5. Decembre 1946. Siriex, Françoise. The Hou...
Jules Leleu, Set of Three Mahogany Side Chairs, France, C. 1930
Jules Leleu, Set of Three Mahogany Side Chairs, Fr...
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Side Chairs
Bronze, Mahogany
Set of three side chairs by Jules Leleu in mahogany with gilt bronze sabots For an illustration of identical armchairs, see: Ensembles Mobiliers. Vol. 5, 1943. Paris: Bibliothèque d...
Jules Leleu, Gilt-Metal Floor Lamp, France, C. 1960

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Gilt-Metal Floor Lamp, France, C. 196...
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Floor Lamps
Metal, Glass
Gilt-metal and glass floor lamp by Jules Leleu. Signed: J LELEU For an illustration of similar floor lamps, see: Siriex, Françoise. The House of Leleu. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 2...
Jules Leleu, Secretary Cabinet, France, C. 1930

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Secretary Cabinet, France, C. 1930
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Art Deco Cabinets
Bronze, Walnut
Art Deco drop front secretary / cabinet in French walnut with nickeled bronze ornaments by Jules Leleu Provenance: A residence near Pau in the Pyrénées, southwestern France. For i...
 Jules Leleu, Mahogany Vanity, France, 1945

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Mahogany Vanity, France, 1945
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Vanities
Bronze, Mirror, Mahogany
Mahogany writing table or vanity by Jules Leleu with its original mirror, and patinated and gilt bronze details Signed "JLeleu" on upper front leg Provenance: Designed by Leleu fo...
Jules Leleu Parquetry-Top Coffee Table

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Parquetry-Top Coffee Table
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables
French Art Deco coffee table in walnut, circa 1945, model designed for a French oceanliner.
Jules Leleu Pair of Roll-Back Armchairs

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Pair of Roll-Back Armchairs
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Armchairs
French Art Deco pair of armchairs (two pairs available) by Jules Leleu, circa 1935. Please note these chairs are unrestored in the photographs. Priced per pair.
Jules Leleu & Katsu Hamanaka, Lacquered Nesting Tables, France, circa 1925

By Jules Leleu, Katsu Hamanaka
Jules Leleu & Katsu Hamanaka, Lacquered Nesting Ta...
Jules Leleu, Katsu Hamanaka
Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Nesting Tables and Stacking Tables
Wood
Stamped. One of a number of collaborations between the French designer and Japanese lacquer master, these tables, a set of three with rectangular tops and rounded corners, fit snugly...
Fine French Modern Fruitwood Sideboard or Buffet by Jules Leleu

By Jules Leleu
Fine French Modern Fruitwood Sideboard or Buffet b...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Bronze, Fruitwood
The rectangular top above five doors, three with panels, on eight splayed legs terminating in bronze sabots, paper label to back, Jules Leleu. Illustrated in House of Leleu page 388 and...
Jules Leleu Pair of Club Chairs and Also a Third Single Chair

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Pair of Club Chairs and Also a Third S...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Club Chairs
French Art Deco pair of club chairs and a single club chair in the same style by Jules Leleu, circa 1935. Measures: 28" wide x 32" deep x 28" high. All three chairs are unrestored. ...
A Fine French Art Deco Extendable Walnut Dining Table by Jules Leleu

By Jules Leleu
A Fine French Art Deco Extendable Walnut Dining Ta...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Fine French 1950s dining / writing table with two ends pull-out leaves and bronze sabots.  
Jules Leleu, Rare Armchair, France, C. 1958

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Rare Armchair, France, C. 1958
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Armchairs
Bronze, Upholstery, Mahogany
Armchair by Jules Leleu with mahogany legs and gilt bronze sabots. Provenance: Commissioned by Mr. Rosset  
Jules Leleu, Art Deco Period Armchair, circa 1938

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Art Deco Period Armchair, circa 1938
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Armchairs
Brass, Mahogany
Jules Leleu, Art Deco period armchair, circa 1938.
Jules Leleu, Pair of Art Deco Side Chairs, France, C. 1925
Jules Leleu, Pair of Art Deco Side Chairs, France,...
Jules Leleu
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Chairs
Mahogany, Walnut
Designed by the famed design firm's patriarch Jules Leleu in the mid-1920's, these side chairs are an example of Art Deco at its apotheosis.
Gueridon by Jules Leleu France, circa 1940

By Jules Leleu
Gueridon by Jules Leleu France, circa 1940
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Art Glass, Brass, Rosewood
Rosewood, verre eglomisé (reverse-painted mirrored glass) top with a scroll and flower motif, raised on a rosewood column and tripod base trimmed in gilt bronze. Signed on the underside...
Jules Leleu Seating Suite

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Seating Suite
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Club Chairs
Leather
French Art Deco seating suite (sofa and pair of club chairs) by Jules Leleu, circa 1938. Model for the Presidential railroad car, France. Restored, refinished reupholstered with Spinney...
Beautiful French Art Deco Sunburst Round Dining Table by Jules Leleu

By Jules Leleu
Beautiful French Art Deco Sunburst Round Dining Ta...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s Art Deco Dining Room Tables
Beautiful French Art Deco round "sunburst" dining table sycamore and mahogany by Jules Leleu with bronze detail, circa 1940s. We travelled to buy all our pieces in France .We bought th...
Jules Leleu, Walnut Armchair, France, C. 1948

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Walnut Armchair, France, C. 1948
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Armchairs
Walnut
Single walnut armchair by Jules Leleu An identical chair was shown at the Leleu exhibition, Chefs d’oeuvre de l’Afrique noire, in Leleu’s showroom on the Avenue Franklin-Roosevelt, Par...
Jules Leleu, Pair of Oak Armchairs, France, C. 1948

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Pair of Oak Armchairs, France, C. 194...
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Armchairs
Upholstery, Oak
Pair of oak armchairs by Jules Leleu (1883-1961) Provenance: Originally from the collection of Jean Leleu, Paris Bibliography: The House of Leleu by Françoise Siriex, New York,...
Jules Leleu, Mahogany Side Table, France, C. 1930

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Mahogany Side Table, France, C. 1930
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Side Tables
Fine early Art Deco two-tiered flamed mahogany side table by Jules Leleu (1883-1961) Illustrated in Mobilier et Décoration 1931, p. 490 and p. 491 (Interiors of the Comtesse de March...
Fine Late Art Deco Ebony De Macassar Dining Table by Jules Leleu

By Jules Leleu
Fine Late Art Deco Ebony De Macassar Dining Table ...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Dining Room Tables
Bronze, Ebony, Macassar
Overall in ebony de Macassar with bronze mounts and sabots, Leleu label to underside. Can be sold with buffet and chairs or separately, Jules Leleu.
Maison Leleu, Pair of Club Armchairs, France, C. 1963

By Jules Leleu
Maison Leleu, Pair of Club Armchairs, France, C. 1...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1960s French Club Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Pair of club chairs by Maison Leleu Provenance: Private collection, Boulevard Suchet, Paris, France Leleu designed and furnished two apartments for this highly successful French I...
Jules Leleu Cabinet

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Cabinet
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Cabinets
French Art Deco cabinet by Jules Leleu. Fine marquetry work with mother-of-pearl flowers and butterflies, polished bronze linings, legs with gilded bronze sabots. Portoro marble.
Jules Leleu Black Armchair with Brass Details

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Black Armchair with Brass Details
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Brass, Leather, Wood
Jules Leleu, armchair, black leather, wood, France, 1950s. This elegant lounge chair is designed by French decorator Jules Leleu. The item holds simplistic design, with stunning detai...
Fine Late Art Deco Mahogany Open Armchair in Original Tapestry, Jules Leleu
Fine Late Art Deco Mahogany Open Armchair in Origi...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs
Bronze, Tapestry, Mahogany
The chair by Jules Leleu the tapestry designed from a tapestry by Paul Leleu.
1954 Living Room Furniture by Jules Leleu

By Jules Leleu
1954 Living Room Furniture by Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1950s French Art Deco Dry Bars
Dry bar, living room furniture in American walnut with in its middle a flap door opening on a dry bar in sycomore and mirror with shelves for glasses. Below - two doors opening on a bot...
Fine Set of Eight Late Art Deco Ebony De Macassar Dining Chairs, Jules Leleu
Fine Set of Eight Late Art Deco Ebony De Macassar ...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
En suite with dining table and sideboard, can be sold separately or with table, literature, house of Jules Leleu.
French Mid-Century Modern Neoclassical Mahogany Sideboard Signed by Jules Leleu
French Mid-Century Modern Neoclassical Mahogany Si...
Jules Leleu
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Tin, Mahogany
Large, elegant Jules Leleu mahogany sideboard / buffet / credenza in the modern neoclassical spirit with exquisite tin and brass marquetry inlays, signed by Jules Leleu. The cabinet...
French Art Deco Mother-of-Pearl Inlay Butterfly Buffet by Jules Leleu
French Art Deco Mother-of-Pearl Inlay Butterfly Bu...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s Art Deco Credenzas
Stunning French Art Deco credenza is designed by famous artisan Jules Leleu. This buffet reflects the craftsmanship and quality of its time the 1930s. It is comprised of mother-of-pearl...
Jules Leleu, Rare Barbière, France, 1926

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Rare Barbière, France, 1926
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Vanities
Amboyna
A fine and rare shaving stand by Jules Leleu in amboyna with silver plated bronze ornaments and its original mirror. Signed "J Leleu" This barbiere was designed by Leleu for the e...
Fine Late Art Deco Ebony De Macassar Buffet by Jules Leleu

By Jules Leleu
Fine Late Art Deco Ebony De Macassar Buffet by Jul...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Buffets
Wood
Overall in ebony de Macassar, with four doors and bronze trim, Leleu label to inside of door. Can be sold together with matching dining table and chairs or sold separately. Jules Lele...
French Midcentury 1930s Bleached Ceruse Oak End or...
Jules Leleu
Early 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Bronze, Oak
French midcentury 1930s bleached ceruse oak end or side table with a round sunburst design top resting on a four-panel pedestal base with bronze sabot feet (LELEU).  
Round Antique French Art Deco Rug by Leleu

By Jules Leleu
Round Antique French Art Deco Rug by Leleu
Jules Leleu
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Persian Rugs
Wool
Art Deco rugs, the deco period was an international design movement from 1920s-1940s. It produced a mix of many different styles borrowing design influences from neoclassical, construct...
Jules Leleu, Walnut Cabinet, France, C. 1944

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Walnut Cabinet, France, C. 1944
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Cabinets
Bronze, Walnut
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. For ...
Jules Leleu Armoire, France, C. 1930

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Armoire, France, C. 1930
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Wardrobes and Armoires
Bronze, Glass, Fruitwood, Oak
Fine three-doored fruitwood armoire with gilt bronze details and glass handles, signed on ivory plaque, numbered "P15819".
Jules Leleu, Vitrine, France, 1957

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Vitrine, France, 1957
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Vitrines
Metal, Bronze, Mahogany
Unique vitrine by Jules Leleu in mahogany marquetry, patinated metal and gilt bronze Numbered 33774 5697. Provenance: This vitrine was created for Mr. Renondin and is entered in ...
Jules Leleu Unique Cabinet, France, 1933

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Unique Cabinet, France, 1933
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Cabinets
Walnut, Lacquer
Unique and important Art Deco four-door cabinet in walnut with lacquered doors and nickel-plated details. Lacquer work by Katsu Hamanaka (1895-1982). Provenance: This cabinet was ...
Single 'Double Torsade' Sconce Jules Leleu, France, Art Moderne, Ca. 1947
Single 'Double Torsade' Sconce Jules Leleu, France...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze
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. Lite...
Jules Leleu, Rare Floor Lamp, France, 1940s

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Rare Floor Lamp, France, 1940s
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Art Deco Floor Lamps
Mahogany
Numbered: 20939 A luxuriant floor lamp with a tapered body that terminates in a disk-shaped base at its bottom. Around the central column of the lamp wraps a ribbon motif, achieved b...
Antique Square French Art Deco Rug by Leleu

By Jules Leleu
Antique Square French Art Deco Rug by Leleu
Jules Leleu
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs
Wool
Magnificent antique green color square French Art Deco rug by Leleu, country of origin / rug type: French rug, circa date: 1920 – this beautiful French Art Deco carpet by Leleu is an ex...
Jules Leleu, Art Deco Walnut Armchair, France, circa 1948

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Art Deco Walnut Armchair, France, cir...
Jules Leleu
Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Armchairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Stamped: Leleu Paris, Made in France Numbered: 27393.
Jules Leleu, Extension Center Table, France, C. 1952

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Extension Center Table, France, C. 19...
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Center Tables
Sycamore
Large center table/ extension dining table by Jules Leleu in sycamore marquetry with an inlaid ebony sunburst design in the center Signed "Leleu" on Ureformol plaque on the leg Bi...
Jules Leleu, Vanity Cabinet, France, 1948

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Vanity Cabinet, France, 1948
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Art Deco Cabinets
Brass, Bronze, Palisander
Rare palissander drop front vanity cabinet by Jules Leleu (1883-1961). The drop front opens to reveal an illuminated mirror in three sections Bibliography: An identical cabinet desig...
Jules Leleu Cabinet, France, 1956

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Cabinet, France, 1956
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Cabinets
Bronze, Glass, Mahogany
Vitrine by Jules Leleu in mahogany marquetry with glass sliding doors and gilt bronze legs Bears its original label dated Nov 9th 1956, and is numbered on the back: 28332 Provenan...
Jules Leleu Palisander Parquetry Credenza

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Palisander Parquetry Credenza
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Palisander
A three-door sideboard, classically designed with an Art Deco inspiration. The three doors with parquetry inlay, polished bronze mounts and columnar sides ending in tubular legs with br...
Jules Leleu, Mahogany Settee, France, C. 1958

By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Mahogany Settee, France, C. 1958
Jules Leleu
Mid-20th Century French Settees
Bronze, Mahogany
Blond mahogany settee with gilt bronze settee by Jules Leleu Numbered: 29820 See house of Leleu by Françoise Siriex, Hudson Hills Press, New York, 2007, p 366 for a similar sofa.
French Art Moderne Mahogany Cabinet

By Jules Leleu
French Art Moderne Mahogany Cabinet
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Modern Cabinets
Bronze, Mahogany
French Art Moderne mahogany cabinet with a single door having a central bronze mount with gilt bronze trim (bronze designed by DeBarre, executed by Perret; signed Jules Leleu).        ...