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French Midcentury Steel and Brass Desk with Leather Desk Chair by Jacques Adnet

$22,900per set


Sober, elegant, French modern Neoclassical desk or writing table in handwrought iron with iron pencil drawer and brass drawer pull. The piece features four elegantly gently tapering legs that terminate in gilt ball feet and are united by X-form stretcher with gilt ball finial. The pencil drawer centres the piece and opens with a solid brass drawer pull. The accompanying desk chair is in black enameled steel with brass details and is covered in handstitched leather.


  • Creator
    Jacques Adnet (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.25 in. (69.22 cm)Width: 31.5 in. (80.01 cm)Depth: 22.25 in. (56.52 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Leather on desk chair has normal wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: AD541stDibs: LU793510826171

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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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