Extraordinary Writing Cabinet by Jules Leleu
An exceptional, rosewood writing secretary made ca. 1946 by Jules Leuleu (1883- 1961) featuring gilt bronze ornaments and a mother-of-pearl and ebony inlay in the form of a flower bouquet and a feather by André Messager; fitted with a drawer, two doors, and a leather writing surface; raised on tapering legs terminating in brass feet.
The inner part in sycamore, fitted with several shelves, two drawers and a light, the mounts in bronze doré; signed mother-of-pearl label L. Leleu
Jules Leleu (1882−1961) was an exceptional french furniture designer who started his business in the Decorating field until he eventually focused on furniture making after World War I. He opened a Gallery in Paris, “Maison Leleu,” in 1924 and won a grand prize for his exhibition at the 1925 Exposition Industrielle et Arts Decoratifs. Leleu is well known for the French Embassies’ design of several nations, the Grand Salon of the Ambassadors in Geneva, and several ocean liners.