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Pair of Louis XVI Style Side Chairs by Armand-Albert Rateau

US$45,000per set


Pair of Chic Louis XVI style side chairs by Armand-Albert Rateau. Stamped A A RATEAU and numbered. Armand-Albert Rateau (1882-1938) was a French furniture maker and interior designer. In 2006, The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts characterized him as "the most eminent of the ensembliers, the high-style designer-decorators" who worked with luxury materials for the socially elite. In 2012, Architectural Digest described him as "one of the most exclusive interior designers of the 1920s." Rateau was born in 1882. Trained at the École Boulle, Rateau took a formative trip with friends in 1914 to Naples and Pompei, visiting museums and archaeological sites. When he began his career with renowned designer Georges Hoentschel, his focus was on Classical style. At the age of 23, he became the artistic director of Alavoine and Company, which was one of the most important French companies in decoration at the time. In 1919, bolstered by the reputation he earned for his Classical work with Hoentschel and Alavoine, he set up his own firm. Rateau's first important project was a commission from the United States, to furnish the swimming POOL of George and Florence Meyer Blumenthal. There, he began to work with the themes he had observed in his 1914 journey, creating the first bronze furniture pieces which would come to be so strongly associated with him. In 1920, he began working with French couturier Jeanne Lanvin, redesigning several of her properties, and soon thereafter began work designing for the Duchess of Alba. He became one of the most important designers of the Art Deco furniture and decor movement in France, with an emphasis on Antiquity that also included a focus on Egyptian-based design. Having become friends with Lanvin during his design work for her, he went on to manage her Lanvin-Sport business, also designing a bottle for her perfume line Arpège. The furniture that he designed in 1928 for Lanvin's apartment on rue Barbet-de-Jouy in Paris was donated by Prince Louis de Polignac to the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris in 1965. The entire apartment has been created and is on display there.


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 34 in. (86.36 cm)Width: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Depth: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Seat Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
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  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1925
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Original light blue grey silk fabric. Would benefit from being re-upholstered with C. O. M..
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU818421030882

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