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 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...
Jean Prouvé Wall-Mounted Desk
By Jules Leleu, Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé Wall-Mounted Desk
Jules Leleu, Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Desks
Steel, Oak
Wall-mounted desk for Martel de Janville Sanatorium, Plateau d'Assy. Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France, 1936.
Jean Prouvé Bed Frame
By Jules Leleu, Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé Bed Frame
Jules Leleu, Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Steel, Oak
Jean Prouvé and Jules Leleu enameled steel bedframe with attached two-door oak top cabinet. Fits a European twin size cushion. Designed for the Martel de Janville Sanitorium in Plateau ...
Jean Prouvé Side Chair
By Jules Leleu, Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé Side Chair
Jules Leleu, Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé
20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Upholstery
Side chair for Martel de Janville Sanatorium, Plateau d'Assy. Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France, 1936.
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 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...
Set of Ten Fine French Art Deco Chairs by Leleu (Eight Side and Two Arm)
By Jules Leleu
Set of Ten Fine French Art Deco Chairs by Leleu (E...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
A set of ten fine French Art Deco chairs by Leleu (eight side and two arm). In walnut with bronze sabots. Numbered. Dimensions: Side H 40”1/2 x W 18”7/8 x D 22”1/2 Arm H 40”1/2 x W 22” ...
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...
Set of Ten Mahogany Sits by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Set of Ten Mahogany Sits by Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Dining Room Chairs
Mahogany, Bronze
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´cora...
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, Mahogany Vanity, France, 1945
By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Mahogany Vanity, France, 1945
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Vanities
Mahogany, Mirror, Bronze
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, 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...
Antique French Leleu Rug
By Jules Leleu, Paule Leleu
Antique French Leleu Rug
Jules Leleu, Paule Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Western European Rugs
Wool
An antique French Leleu Art Deco carpet from the second quarter of the 20th century.
Art Deco Tables by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Art Deco Tables by Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Side Tables
Sycamore veneer with brass sabots, France, circa 1935.
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.
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 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 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. ...
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.
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, 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...
 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...
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...
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...
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 Cabinet, 1930
By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Art Deco Cabinet, 1930
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Cabinets
Rosewood
Jules Leleu, Amazing cabinet in rosewood veneer, France, circa 1930 Three doors and two drawers Nickel-plated bronze hardware, and handles in glass. Excellent condition, refinished....
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...
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,...
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...
French, 1950s Bronze Chandelier by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
French, 1950s Bronze Chandelier by Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1950s French Chandeliers and Pendants
Bronze, Silk
Elegant, beautifully designed six-light bronze chandelier Minimum height fully installed with one link of chain and canopy is 24' and has some extra chain.
Completely restored Pair of Art Deco Armchairs, Jules Leleu, new fabric.
Completely restored Pair of Art Deco Armchairs, Ju...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs
Wood, Fabric, Ebony
Jules Leleu Pair of Art Deco armchairs. Completely restored, surface made by piano lacquers to the high gloss. New upholstery and fabric.  
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 ...
Display Cabinet
By Jules Leleu
Display Cabinet
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Wardrobes and Armoires
Wood, Palisander
20th century Art Deco display cabinet. Completely restored to the high glosh. Material: Palisandr Cocobolo.
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".
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 ...
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, Palisander, Bronze
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
Mahogany, Glass, Bronze
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, Mahogany Settee, France, C. 1958
By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Mahogany Settee, France, C. 1958
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Settees
Bronze
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.
Maison Leleu, Rare Table Lamp, France, 1965
By Jules Leleu
Maison Leleu, Rare Table Lamp, France, 1965
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Table Lamps
Fine and rare patinated and nickeled bronze table lamp by Leleu This piece is entered under number 6008 as “Lampe de bureau” in Leleu’s "Livre des creations" (the entry log / list o...
Jules Leleu, French Gilt Bronze-Mounted Bois Sainté Stool
By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, French Gilt Bronze-Mounted Bois Saint...
Jules Leleu
Mid-20th Century French Modern Stools
Wood, Bronze, Gold Plate
Sumptuous, finely detailed and of the highest quality. The circular upholstered seat, above octagonal legs joined by a looped stretcher, terminating in gilt bronze sabots. A matchin...
Impressive French Art Deco Rosewood Sideboard by Jules Leleu, circa 1935s
By Jules Leleu
Impressive French Art Deco Rosewood Sideboard by J...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Credenzas
Bronze, Ebony, Rosewood
Impressive long French Art Deco rosewood sideboard by Jules Leleu, circa 1935. This astonishing sideboard is signed by French designer Jules Leleu, we found this masterpiece in Paris, F...
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...
Beautiful Art Deco Coffee Table by Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Beautiful Art Deco Coffee Table by Leleu
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
This beautiful Art Deco coffee table was designed and executed by Atelier Leleu. The frame made out of solid Mahogany and veneered in palisander with a stunning marquetry in inlaid syca...
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.
Jules Leleu Side Table or Coffee Table
By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Side Table or Coffee Table
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Macassar
A Jules Leleu Macassar side table with glass top and brass mounts. For a similar model see "The House of Leleu" by Francoise Siriex page 465 illustration no. 3896.
Jules Leleu, Art Deco Floor Lamp, France, C. 1932
By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Art Deco Floor Lamp, France, C. 1932
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Floor Lamps
Chrome
Art Deco floor lamp in French walnut and chromed metal by Jules Leleu. Signed on base: J. Leleu. An identical floor lamp was exhibited in the two museum retrospectives on Leleu: Leleu...
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...
Dining Table by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Dining Table by Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Dining Room Tables
Oak
Rare and important oak dining table with two extensions by Jules Leleu. "U" shaped uprights of the table are a significant detail which highlights the classic style of Art Deco furnitur...
Jules Leleu, Sycamore center table, France, c. 1948
By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Sycamore center table, France, c. 194...
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Center Tables
Bronze, Sycamore
Sycamore center table or extension dining table, with gilt bronze trim. Signed on Ureformol plaque on the pedestal. For illustrations of identical models, see: Ensembles Mobiliers. ...
Wall Mounted Desk by Jean Prouvé and Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu, Jean Prouvé
Wall Mounted Desk by Jean Prouvé and Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1930s French Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel
Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) & Jules Leleu (1883-1961) Wall-mounted desk for Martel de Janville Sanatorium Pateau d'Assy Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Nancy, France circa 1936...
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.
Leleu Art Deco Pair of Wall Sconces
By Jules Leleu
Leleu Art Deco Pair of Wall Sconces
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze, Crystal, Glass
Travail Francais, 1940s wall sconces attributed to Leleu. In nickeled bronze with cut-crystal elements. (Two pairs are available.) Height: 6 1/3”, width: 8 2/3”.
Jules Leleu Pair of French Art Deco Side Tables
By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Pair of French Art Deco Side Tables
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco End Tables
Rosewood
A pair of French Art Deco side tables, circa 1930s signed LELEU, in rosewood with mother-of-pearl inlaid.
Maison Leleu Modernist Round Table
By Jules Leleu
Maison Leleu Modernist Round Table
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Gueridon
Brass
Jules Leleu (1883-1961). Modernist circular pedestal table, with green lacquered tray top resting on a beige painted drum, with chrome footrest, 1950's. Model illustrated on page 94 in...