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Jules Leleu Desks and Writing Tables

French, 1883-1961
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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Creator: Jules Leleu
Fine French Art Deco Dining Table by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Long Island City, NY
A fine French Art Deco extendable dining table, in walnut with a 4 legs pedestal base and bronze details. Signed Length with the 2 matching end leaves is 107 3/4"  
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Desks and Writing Tables

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Jules Leleu, Mahogany Writing Table, France, circa 1940
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Mahogany and gilt bronze writing table with two drawers by Jules Leleu For an illustration of an identical table, see Siriex, Françoise. The House of Leleu. New York: Hudson Hills...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Art Deco Cerused Oak Curved Desk by Jules Leleu
By Francisque Chaleyssin, Jules Leleu, Gio Ponti, Charles Dudouyt, André Arbus
Located in Houston, TX
French Art Deco cerused oak curved desk By Jules Leleu. This stunning French Modern limed oak desk has beautiful bronze hardware and sabots with bookshelves on the front side. This F...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Art Deco Leleu Mahogany Kneehole Desk
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
French Art Deco large mahogany kneehole desk with bronze column design trim and leather top. (JULES LELEU)
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Jules Leleu Dining Table / Desk circa 1937
By Jules Leleu
Located in London, GB
A distinctive Jules Leleu dining table, circa 1937. that can also be used as a desk.The table has elegant curved lines, sweeping arched legs and is finished in gilt brass. Literatur...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

A Fine French Art Deco Extendable Walnut Dining Table by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Long Island City, NY
A fine French Art Deco walnut dining table by Jules Leleu with two matching ends leaves. Bronze details. Length with the two leaves is 111" Stamped and numbered.
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20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

A Fine French Art Deco Walnut Extendable Dining Table by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Long Island City, NY
Fine French 1950s walnut dining / writing table with two ends pull-out leaves and bronze details (sabots). Width is 110" when fully extended.  
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jules Leleu Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

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 Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Office Table by Jean Prouvé and Jules Leleu
By Jean Prouvé, Jules Leleu
Located in Altwies, LU
Set consisting of a office table and chair with angle structure. The whole being entirely lacquered in red-blood color. Furniture designed in 1934-35 for the sanatorium of Guébria...
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1930s French Vintage Jules Leleu Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Jules Leleu Atelier Jean Prouve Reading Table
By Jules Leleu, Jean Prouvé
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Jules Leleu (designer) and Ateliers Jean Prouvé reading table for Martel de Janville Sanatorium, Plateau d'Assy, France, 1936. Enameled steel, laminate over wood, and chrome-plated s...
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Mid-20th Century French Jules Leleu Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

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Jules Leleu, Mahogany Vanity, France, 1945
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H 29 in. W 39.25 in. D 18.5 in.
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By Jules Leleu
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H 29.75 in. W 41.5 in. D 20 in.

Jules Leleu desks and writing tables for sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, Jules Leleu desks and writing tables are available for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Jules Leleu desks and writing tables, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 7 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original desks and writing tables by Jules Leleu were created in France during the 20th century in the Art Deco style. Many customers also consider desks and writing tables by André Arbus, André Sornay and Dominique if you’re looking for additional options. The prices for Jules Leleu desks and writing tables can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$11,500 and tops out at US$87,500, while pieces like these can sell for US$17,130 on average.

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