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Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

French, Hungarian, b. 1910

With their curvaceous metal surfaces and shapes often resembling sheets of folded paper, Mathieu Matégot's inspiring furniture and lighting designs are easily recognizable and highly sought after by collectors. By working with perforated sheet metal and metal tubing, the Hungarian-born French architect, artist and designer — who is known by aficionados for his “rigitulle” technique — created tables, chairs and decorative objects that are celebrated works of French modernism and make a statement in any interior.

Matégot attended the Budapest School of Fine Arts and Architecture. He graduated in 1929 and traveled before settling in Paris in 1931, where he worked as a window dresser for department stores and as a set designer for cabaret halls.

In 1939, Matégot joined the French army in resistance to invading Nazi forces. He was soon captured and sent to work in a German factory. It was at this factory where Matégot became familiar with the materials and techniques that would inform and inspire his trademark rigitulle method.

After the war ended, Matégot opened a workshop in Paris and began to create handcrafted furniture that didn't conform to established styles of the time. Matégot explored merging traditional and non-traditional materials — he worked with formica, glass and natural materials such as rattan — and engaged in other forward-looking experiments. Matégot soon patented his career-defining rigitulle technique and material, which saw the designer working with metal tubing and perforated metal sheets and producing thin, airy folds into the metal as if he were manipulating fabric or paper.

Many of Matégot’s designs for table lamps, pendants, tables and more are reflective of the rigitulle technique, but the best-known work that exemplifies this process is his elegant three-legged Nagasaki chair, which he exhibited in 1954 at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs. The original Nagasaki chair gave way to a collection that included a stool and an armchair. Matégot’s Nagasaki dining chair has been reissued by Gubi and is part of the permanent collection at the Vitra Design Museum, which is home to one of the world’s most important furniture collections.

Matégot created a range of smaller items for the home — serveware, side tables and magazine racks, each distinctive in their fluid and organic forms — but halted his career in design and moved to Angers in the early 1960s in order to turn to creating art. Today he is known for his abstract tapestries as well as his furnishings.

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Creator: Mathieu Matégot
Circular Tray by Mathieu Mategot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in London, GB
A circular rigitule tray by Mathieu Mategot France, mid 20th Century 3 cm high by 32 cm diameter
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Iron

Mathieu Mategot plant stand
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in PARIS, FR
Plant stand with a black lacquered metal base and a yellow perforated metal pot by designer Mathieu Matégot, from the 1950s. DV349
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Mid-20th Century French Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Mategot large decorative white metal plate or basket or vide-poche 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Mathieu Mategot Large 20th century design decorative plate by Mathieu Mategot Original good conditions Height 3 cm Large 45 cm
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Planter
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mathieu Matégot, Planter
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20th Century European Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Black Round Metal Tray Designed by Mathieu Matégot, France, 1950s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Den Haag, NL
Black metal Tray designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Ateliers Matégot, France, circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Round Black Metal Tray Designed by Mathieu Matégot, France, 1950s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Den Haag, NL
Black metal tray designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Ateliers Matégot, France, circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Mid-Century Modern Metal Black French Flower Pot, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Flower pot or metal paper bin designed by Mathieu Matégot, circa 1950. Manufactured in France. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Mid-Century Modern Metal French Flower Pots
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Flower pot designed by Mathieu Matégot, circa 1950. Manufactured in France. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. ...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Mid-Century Modern French White Metal Paper Bin , circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Metal paper bin designed by Mathieu Matégot, circa 1950. Manufactured in France. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful pat...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

20th Century Mathieu Matégot Yellow Flower Vase in Lacquered Metal for Gubi, 50s
By Mathieu Matégot, Gubi
Located in Turin, Turin
Mathieu Matégot's organic forms and lightness of touch create a sense of joy and the ground breaking and innovative techniques that he applied resulted in unique aesthetics and, above all, contemporary designs. Today, Matégot's designs are equally fit for the purpose as when they were originally conceived, and his legendary designs are both timeless and classic. The Nagasaki chair is one of few three-legged chairs and is still Matégot's best-known piece. It is included in the permanent exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum. The Copacabana chair is included in the design collection at the Museum of Decoratives Arts in Paris and the design collection at the Georges Pompidou Centre, National Museum of Modern Art, Industrial centre, Beaubourg, Paris. Gubi's collection of original Mategot design includes The Nagasaki Chair & Stool, The Dedal Shelf...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

1950s documented Mathieu Matégot perforated steel basket
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Henley-on Thames, Oxfordshire
rare example of a bottle basket by Mathieu Matégot perforated steel with brass feet Original white paint, Edition Les Ateliers Matégot circa 1955 Illustrated on page 12 in the back of Patrick...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Steel

Mathieu Matégot Enameled Metal Plate, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Ateliers Matégot (France), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal with original paint and rattan details. We offer free shipping for this piece. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Mathieu Matégot (1910-2001) was a Hungarian and French designer and material artist. He was one of the most renowned French designers of the 1950s. Born and educated in Budapest, he moved to France in the early 1930s, where he worked as a window dresser and women’s clothing...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Large Mathieu Matégot Black Metal Wastepaper Basket, First Edition, 1950s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Den Haag, NL
Large Mathieu Matégot black metal waste paper basket, original first edition by Artimeta, the Netherlands, 1950s. In very good original vintage condition.
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Georges Jouve and Mathieu Matégot Style Ceramic Standing Vide-Poche
By Mathieu Matégot, Georges Jouve
Located in East Hampton, NY
Sculptural green and black ceramic catchall likely designed by Matégot and Georges Jouve. Iron frame with circular base, zig zag body and circular top. Green and black glazed ceramic...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Enameled Metal Plate, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Mate´got. Manufactured by Artimeta (Holland), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal with original paint. In great original condition, w...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Enameled Metal Plate, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Artimeta (Holland), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal, seem to be repainted many years ago. In great original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Mathieu Matégot (1910-2001) was a Hungarian and French designer and material artist. He was one of the most renowned French designers of the 1950s. Born and educated in Budapest, he moved to France in the early 1930s, where he worked as a window dresser and women’s clothing...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Enameled Metal Plate, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Ateliers Matégot (France), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal with original paint. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Mathieu Matégot (1910-2001) was a Hungarian and French designer and material artist. He was one of the most renowned French designers of the 1950s. Born and educated in Budapest, he moved to France in the early 1930s, where he worked as a window dresser and women’s clothing...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Mid-Century Modern Black Perforated Metal Planter, France, 1950s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Midcentury modern planter by French designer Mathieu Matégot. Black lacquered perforated folded metal (Rigitulle). Literature: "Mathieu Mategot" by Philippe Jousse...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Mid-Century Modern Enameled Metal Plate, Atelier Matégot, 1950s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Atelier Matégot (France), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal, seem to be repainted many years ago. In great ori...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Mid-Century Modern Enameled Black Metal Plate, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Artimeta (Holland), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal with original paint. In great original condition with mi...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Yellow Enameled Metal Plate, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal Plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Ateliers Matégot (France), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal with original paint. In original condition, w...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Enameled Metal Plate, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Artimeta (Holland), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal, seem to be repainted many years ago. In great original ...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Magazine Holder
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, ES
Mathieu Matégot magazine holder in colour green metal. Original condition, wear consistent with age and use.
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1950s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Black Mid-Century Modern Enameled Metal Plate, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Mate´got. Manufactured by Ateliers Mate´got, circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal with original paint. In good original condition with...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot, Mid-Century Modern, White Metal French Plant Stand, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Plant stand designed by Mathieu Matégot, circa 1950. Manufactured in France. Perforated and lacquered metal. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age an...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Enameled Metal Tray, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal tray designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Ateliers Matégot (France), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal with original paint. In good original conditio...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Enameled Metal Plate, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Artimeta (Holland), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal, seem to be repainted many years ago. In great origi...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Set of Two Mathieu Matégot Mid-Century Modern Metal French Flower Pots
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Flower pots designed by Mathieu Matégot, circa 1950. Manufactured in France. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful pat...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Mid-Century Modern Red Enameled Metal Plate, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Artimeta (Holland), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal, seem to be repainted many years ago. In good original c...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Enameled Metal Plate, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. By unknown manufacturer, circa 1950. In great original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beau...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Mid-Century Modern, Enameled Metal Basket, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal basket designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Ateliers Matégot (France,) circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal, it has some traces of rust. In original...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Metal Plant Stand, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Plant stands designed by Mathieu Matégot, circa 1950. Manufactured in France. Perforated and lacquered metal. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Mathieu Matégot (1910-2001) was a Hungarian and French designer and material artist. He was one of the most renowned French designers of the 1950s. Born and educated in Budapest, he moved to France in the early 1930s, where he worked as a window dresser and women’s clothing...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Enameled Metal Plate, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Mate´got. Manufactured by Artimeta (Holland), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal with original paint. In great original condition wi...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Enameled Metal Plate, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. By unknown manufacturer, circa 1950. In great original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beau...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Mid-Century Modern Fruit Black Plate, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal Plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Artimeta (Holland), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal with original paint. We offer free shipping for this piece. In greatoriginal condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Mathieu Matégot (1910-2001) was a Hungarian and French designer and material artist. He was one of the most renowned French designers of the 1950s. Born and educated in Budapest, he moved to France in the early 1930s, where he worked as a window dresser and women’s clothing...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Enameled Metal Plate, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Artimeta (Holland), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal with original paint and rattan details. We offer fre...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Mid-Century Modern Enameled White Metal Plate, circa 1950
By Arimeta, Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Artimeta (Netherlands), circa 1950. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Mathieu Matégot, (1910-2001) was a Hungarian and French designer and material artist. He was one of the most renowned French designers of the 1950s. Born and educated in Budapest, he moved to France in the early 1930s, where he worked as a window dresser and women’s clothing...
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1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Large Mathieu Matégot White Planter, France, c. 1955
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Large Mathieu Matégot white planter, France, c. 1955 Original paint & in superb vintage condition.
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal, Enamel

Mathieu Matégot Perforated Tray
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Stockton, NJ
A Mathieu Matégot metal perforated tray. This rare example includes thick brass banding.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal, Brass

Mathieu Matégot Enameled Metal Plate, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Enameled metal plate designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Ateliers Matégot (France), circa 1950. Lacquered perforated metal with original paint. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Mathieu Matégot (1910-2001) was a Hungarian and French designer and material artist. He was one of the most renowned French designers of the 1950s. Born and educated in Budapest, he moved to France in the early 1930s, where he worked as a window dresser and women’s clothing...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Ateliers Mathieu Matégot Triple Plant Stand Jardiniere Flower Stand Cache Pot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in London, GB
Triple plant stand in yellow and black metal expanded. Manufactured by "Les Ateliers Matégot". Documented
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1950s French Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Steel

Large Mathieu Matégot Bowl Dish in Original Condition
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Berlin, DE
Large Matégot dish bowl in original vintage condition.
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Mid-Century Modern White Mesh Metal Planter, France, 1951
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Midcentury modern planter by French designer Mathieu Matégot. White lacquered mesh metal. Full original condition. Literature: "Mathieu Mategot" by Philippe Jousse...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Bottle Holder, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Bottle holder, designed by Mathieu Mategot. Manufactured by ateliers Matégot (France), circa 1950. Folded, perforated metal. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent ...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Decorative Objects

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs.

Mathieu Matégot decorative objects are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Mathieu Matégot decorative objects, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original decorative objects by Mathieu Matégot were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider decorative objects by Robert Picault, Jacques Adnet, and Albert Thiry. Prices for Mathieu Matégot decorative objects can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $396 and can go as high as $4,244, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,219.

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