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Louis Majorelle Mahogany Book or Glass Vitrine, 1900-1908

with ornate moldings in the form of stylized tree roots and branches

Won­der­ful­ly exe­cut­ed in sol­id French wal­nut and French wal­nut veneer; the Inte­ri­or is fine­ly craft­ed in bright oak wood.

The Majorelle book­case or glass cab­i­net fea­tures three bev­elled glass doors reveal­ing three pro­por­tion­al­ly man­u­fac­tured draw­ers with the orig­i­nal, beau­ti­ful­ly orna­ment­ed han­dles. The inner depart­ment has sev­er­al height-adjustable compartments.

Majorelle made this mod­el also as an armoire with faceted, mir­rored doors. The cab­i­net comes with just eight (!) screws and is dis­mount­able into all indi­vid­ual parts except for the base.

Doc­u­ment­ed in Louis Majorelle. Mas­ter of Art Nou­veau Design”, Alis­tair Dun­can, fig. 55 — 56; see the mir­rored armoire as part of the bed­room suites mod­el No. 253.

Louis-Jean-Sylvestre Majorelle, usu­al­ly known as Louis Majorelle (26th of Sep­tem­ber 1859 in Toul, † 15th of Jan­u­ary 1926 in Nan­cy), was a French artist, cab­i­net­mak­er, fur­ni­ture design­er, and iron­work­er who was one of the lead­ing expo­nents of the Art Nou­veau style. He was born as the son of the cab­i­net­mak­er Auguste Majorelle (1825 – 1879) and ini­tial­ly was trained as a painter. He went to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1877, where he stud­ied under Jean-François Mil­let. After his father’s death in 1879, Louis Majorelle returned to Nan­cy to man­age the fam­i­ly work­shop. He was one of the out­stand­ing fur­ni­ture design­ers in the Art Nou­veau style in his time, and after 1901 for­mal­ly served as one of the vice-pres­i­dents of the École de Nan­cy. Today we rec­og­nize a piece of fur­ni­ture from Louis Majorelle in the same way as we rec­og­nize a piece of fur­ni­ture from André Charles Boulle, Charles Cressent, both mas­ters in the 18th cen­tu­ry, or or lat­er around 1900, such as Majorelle, Fran­cois Linke — today we would say a Super­star of his field. In 1902 Majorelle took part at the Pri­ma Espo­sizione Inter­nazionale d’Arte Dec­o­ra­ti­va Mod­er­na in Turin. He was appoint­ed a Knight of the French Legion of Honour.

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Majorelle Book or Glass Vitrine H: 240 cm W: 185 cm D: 50 cm
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