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Very Fine Storage Cabinet of an Original Office Duo by Alfred Porteneuve
Fine cabinet (forming an original custom set with a storage cabinet, also available) by Alfred Porteneuve (1869-1949). The sculptural case-piece is superlatively crafted in fruitwood (likely cherry) with amboyna (burl walnut) veneer on the doors. A number of subtle modeling details gives its design a sense of dynamism and speaks to its exacting design and construction. This extraordinary duo of cabinets is very much representative of Alfred Porteneuve’s particular talent for creating luxurious and highly considered furnishings that somehow never seem fussy or mired in their time. If he had been any less of a talent in his own right, Alfred Porteneuve (1869-1949) would have easily had his whole career eclipsed by his collaborations with his uncle, the eminent Art Deco master Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann. Nephew Alfred joined the office shortly after having studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and quickly became an integral presence, planning interior design projects and overseeing national and international exhibition designs, including the iconic interiors of L’Hôtel du Collectionneur pavilion at the 1925 Paris Exposition. After Ruhlmann passed away in 1933, Porteneuve oversaw the closing of the firm according to his uncle’s wishes, he then set up his own workshop. Like his mentor, Porteneuve had an elegant style, but more relaxed and in keeping with the times, often using lighter woods, such as fruitwood, and often including metal and lacquer surfaces. He received numerous public and private commissions into the 1940s, including the interiors for the ocean liner Pasteur in 1939.
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- Place of Origin
- Date of Manufacture1940s
- Materials and Techniques
- Condition DetailsExpertly restored and glorious
- WearWear consistent with age and use.
- DimensionsH 55.5 in. x W 32 in. x D 17.5 in.H 140.97 cm x W 81.28 cm x D 44.45 cm
- Seller LocationNew York, NY
- Reference NumberLU91415116333
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