Stunning Ash and Mahogany Credenza Bar by J.A Motte, 1954 for Group 4 Charron

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Rare and supremely elegant, ash and mahogany wood, credenza bar designed by Joseph Andre Motte in 1954 for 'Group 4, Charron,' France; complete with the extremely rare original decorative brass key for the lockable bar compartment.

The surrounding perimeter frame including the top and the legs are made of Ash wood while the door and drawer fronts are made of mahogany wood. The original brass hardware; hinges, lock, key etc are all present.

A rare and beautiful Minimalist, pared down, design with an organic and timeless Japanese 'zen' aesthetic featuring delicate and sympathetic detailing such as the recessed circular finger pulls to the doors allowing the vertical plane of the doors to continue uninterrupted and the simple, lightweight yet strong, sculptural form bentwood supporting legs.

The credenza features two sliding doors ; the left hand door conceals two shelves and the right hand door conceals a single shelf; complete as per the original design allowing for the storage of items of varying height. There is a further drop down flap door to the upper right which conceals a lockable bar compartment, complete with original brass key, which features a cut away shelf for the storage of glasses , a very nice detail which also allows for the storage of full height bottles. There are a further two drawers to the bottom right.

Motte was one of a group of young designers who emerged immediately following the post WW2 reconstruction period , dedicated to designing elegant and accessible furniture in a resolutely modern spirit, stripped of decoration and produced in series. George Charron, a French furniture manufacturer, discovered Rene Jean Caillette’s work in 1950 and their meeting led to the creation of Group 4, a collaboration between Caillette,Joseph André Motte, Alain Richard and Genevieve Dangles.


'MEUBLES ET DECORS' number 691 , March 1956, PLEASE SEE IMAGE 3.

'MEUBLES ET DECORS', issue number June-July 1955, page 10.

'MOBLIER ET DECORATION', issue number 3 , 1956, page 24.

'MEUBLES ET DECORS' number 686, October 1955.

Exhibitions featuring this design:

'Joseph Andre MOTTE - The Art of Living' - 8.11.2012 - 2.9.2013 , GALLERY DEMISCH DANANT.

J. A. Motte was a member of the young and energetic post war II generation of French designers which included the likes of Pierre Guariche, René Jean Caillette, Michel Mortier, Alain Richard, Pierre Paulin, Antoine Philippon and Jacqueline Lecoq, among many others. Motte trained under René Gabriel and Louis Sognot at the 'l'école des arts appliqués à l'industrie' today known as the 'nationale supérieure des arts appliqués et des métiers d'art' (the National School of Applied Arts and crafts or ENSAAMA). This was followed by a further short stint training at Marcel Gascoin’s workshop. In 1954, Motte co-founded the Plastic Research Workshop known as 'ARP' with Pierre Guariche and Michel Mortier. He also worked with 'Group 4', a partnership with René-Jean Caillette, Geneviève Dangles and Alain Richard. From 1950, he also collaborated with the furniture manufacturer Steiner. From the late 1950s onwards Motte's reputation as a leading and important figure in French design and architecture was further cemented when he was chosen by the French government to work on the interiors of several large and important public commissions such as Orly airport from 1958-1961, the naval station of Le Havre during 1963-1964 and in 1975 Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport (Roissy 1 and 2). In 1974 he was also commissioned by the RATP to redesign the stations of the Paris Metro including a seat that would become emblematic of the metro and which still equips many metro and RER stations in Paris. He also worked on the interior of the Musee du Louvre in Paris. During this hugely productive period Motte won many prestigious design awards including the 'Prix René Gabriel' in 1957 and the 'prix Compasso d'Oro,' Gold Medal award at the Salone di Mobile, Milan in 1970. During the period 1966-68 Motte was also the chairman of the prestigious 'société des artistes décorateurs' in Paris. He also taught at the l'école nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs (the National School of Decorative Arts) for 30 years. In 2014, following increasing international recognition of Motte's work, the Galerie Pascal Cuisinier paid a further tribute to Motte's career through an exhibition at Design Miami / Basel and Paris titled. "Homage to Joseph-André Motte."



  • Condition
    Good. Sympathetically refurbished with an eye to preserving the original pantina. Minor wear consistent with age and use..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    37.6 in. H x 75.39 in. W x 19.69 in. D
    96 cm H x 192 cm W x 50 cm D
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, Netherlands
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