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Jacques Adnet Parchment Sideboard, circa 1930s



Jacques Adnet parchment covered wood cabinet with patinated metal pulls and hardware. Jacques Adnet (1900-1984) was a furniture designer known for his contribution to French Modernism. His clean lines and simple forms were rendered in glass, metal, leather, and wood to create iconic interior décor with an unadorned Art Deco style. Born on April 20, 1900 in Chatillon-Coligny, France, he studied architecture under Charles Louis Genuys at the École des Arts Décoratifs in 1916. From 1923 until 1928, he worked with his twin brother, under Jean Adnet, as Jean & Jacques Adnet. Together they would exhibit at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925, where the term Art Deco is said to have first been coined. Jacques went on to direct La Compagnie des Arts Français until its closure in 1959, collaborating with Charlotte Perriand, Francis Jourdain, and others who shared his radical approach to design. Adnet died on October 29, 1984 in France at the age of 84.


  • Creator
    Jacques Adnet (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 39.5 in (100.33 cm)Width: 66 in (167.64 cm)Depth: 17 in (43.18 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930s
  • Condition
    Repaired: The parchment has been touched up in areas but not color matched. The right bottom shelf has been recently repaired for cracks and the shelves have been gently restored. There are unrepaired cracks in the back of the piece and some on the drawers. Wear consistent with age and use. .
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: JA 0011stDibs: f86331608125282763fs

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About the Designer

Jacques Adnet

One of the most elegant and innovative 20th-century French furniture designers, Jacques Adnet created a simple, unadorned signature style that is both trim and vigorous. He began his career in the heyday of the Art Deco era, and in the 1950s, in association with Hermès, created chairs, lamps, desks and other pieces that employed slender metal frames clad in stitched saddle leather. With such furnishings, Adnet brought a fashion sensibility to design and decor that had not been seen since the 1920s prime of the great Paris couturier-decorator Paul Poiret.

Adnet was born in a provincial town in Burgundy, where he studied design before moving, along with his twin brother, Jean, to Paris to study at the École des Arts Décoratifs. After their graduation in the early 1920s, the brothers were hired to work in the decorative-arts atelier of the department store Galeries Lafayette, under the direction of Maurice Dufrêne, an Art Deco master who developed a singularly robust and opulent style. Both Adnets showed their work at the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes — the design fair from which the term Art Deco is derived

In 1928, Jacques Adnet took charge of the struggling La Compagnie des Arts Français, a decorative-arts firm founded by Louis Süe and André Mare that created modern furnishings that bore traces of 18th-century styling. Adnet immediately took the company in a different direction. He developed a simple lithe and lean look that incorporated industrial materials such as metal and glass, along with exotic woods and finishes such as parchment and sharkskin. Adnet’s furniture begs to be described in terms of personalities: charming faux-bamboo side tables, suave chrome lighting, urbane club chairs. His most noted pieces — sleek metal frames wrapped in Hermès leather — have a character all their own: Smooth, elegant and self-assured, they inhabit a room with the same wit and grace as Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve.

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