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Maurice Dufrene 1925 Paris Expo Piano


This piano, designed by Maurice Dufrene, with instrument by Gaveau, was presented at the 1925 PARIS INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION. This was the first global exhibition devoted to the decorative arts and the stipulation to all invited nations was that only new and modern designs could be presented. 16 million people visited the 1925 Expo. At that expo, the French government commissioned an entire embassy as its exhibition. This piano was shown in the petite salon of that embassy - see documentation in image section. It is crafted of amboyna, an exotic hardwood from Indonesia. It is inlaid with Dufrene's signature, above and to the right side of the keyboard. Dimensions: 60" wide x 60" deep. The piano has been correctly restored and refinished. The instrument restoration will come with a print-out from the restorer which recaps every step of its restoration. The piano has very fine rich sound, accomplished by the fact that Gaveau developed a "domed" soundboard which gives it good resonance. The case was restored by Gary Calderwood. MAURICE DUFRENE (1876 - 1955) One of the premiere French designers of the 20th Century, Maurice Dufrene was born in Paris in 1876. He was educated at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. And by 1899, at the age of just 23, he became the director and manager of La Maison Moderne. This shop represented an association of artists who were working together to create designs which could be produced in multiples. Dufrene's work was first shown at salons in 1902 and from 1903 he regularly exhibited at Salon d'Automne and Salons of Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts. At the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes (which would later give the movement "Art Deco" its name), Dufrene's designs included luxury boutiques, the living room of Une Ambassade Francaise pavilion, and the interior of La Maitrise pavilion. In 1904, Dufrene became one of the co-founders of Societe des Artistes Decorateurs which became a pivotal designers' organization and the facilitator of annual exhibitions that provided a venue for contemporary design and were well-documented by the press. Dufrene designed furniture, glass, textiles, leather goods, stoneware and porcelain. He taught at the Ecole Boulle and the Ecole des Arts Appliques in Paris and was one of the principal designers of the first modernist film sets (1919 film Le carnaval des verites). In 1922 he became creator and director of La Maitrise design studio of Les Galeries Lafayette in Paris - and the full flowering of his talent became apparent in his refined furniture designs and complete interiors. His inspiration was taken from 18th and 19th Century designs, with a modern approach and his interiors ranged eclectically from townhouses to avant-garde to glass, metal and mirrors, to commissions from Le Mobilier National for embassies and the Palais de l'Elysee in Paris. He would remain at La Maitrise until 1952.


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    H 50 in. x W 60 in. x D 60 in.H 127 cm x W 152.4 cm x D 152.4 cm
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
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