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The Majorelle Dining Suite

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Fantastic examples of Majorelle furniture such as this dining suite are seldom found outside museums

Key Features

  • An incredibly rare and complete dining suite by the fames Louis Majorelle
  • Majorelle is considered the greatest of the Art Nouveau ébénistes
  • His furnishings epitomized the French Art Nouveau, and can be found in museums throughout the world
  • Circa 1905
  • Chairs: 17 1/2" wide x 18 1/2" deep x 39 1/4" high
  • Table: 49 1/4" wide x 29 1/4" high x 54 3/4" long (94 3/4" with leaves)

Item Details

  • Width:
    491/4 Inches
  • Height:
    291/4 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    France
This highly rare and important Louis Majorelle dining suite exemplifies the superb, organic designs and innovative workmanship that have made his furnishings so famous. This suite consists of eight chairs and an expandable table with two leaves that allow for a variety of seating combinations. Majorelle was one of the most celebrated Art Nouveau ébénistes, and his creations are some of the most sought after of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a leader in the French Art Nouveau movement and utilized sinuous forms from nature as his inspiration. Today, his peerless furnishings can be found in major museum collections throughout the world, including the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.Circa 1905 Chairs: 171/2" wide x 181/2" deep x 391/4" highTable: 491/4" wide x 291/4" high x 543/4" long (943/4" with leaves)Louis Majorelle is listed among the most important ébénistes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Toul, France in 1859 to accomplished cabinet maker Auguste Majorelle, Louis was raised in Nancy, and later trained as a painter at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His time there was cut short by the untimely death of his father in 1879, upon which he moved back to Nancy to oversee the family's furniture workshops.Majorelle's initial creations focused more on the Louis XV taste, and he exhibited these early works extensively at the Exposition d'Art Décoratif in Nancy. It was there that Majorelle encountered the works of Emile Gallé, who had incorporated organic motifs in his glass and furn i t u re. This inspired Majorelle to move the focus of his design toward the blossoming Art Nouveau, finding influence in the stems of plants, water lily leaves and dragon flies. During this time, he collaborated with the Daum Frères glassworks in creating innovative lamp designs, which helped to propel the city of Nancy to the forefront of the Art Nouveau movement. At the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, Majorelle's phenomenal works garn e red rave reviews and international clientele, which led to workshops opening in Nancy, Paris, Lyon and Lille.In 1901, Majorelle became a founding member of the École de Nancy a school that fostered Art Nouveau within the fields of art and architecture. His home, the Villa Majorelle in Nancy, is a perfect example of this innovative style of construction. He hired architects Henri Sauvage and Lucien Weissenburger to build this veritable monument to organic composition.The onset of World War I marked the end of the Majorelle era. Fires, bombings and looting, especially at the firm's headquarters in Nancy, forced him to move operations during the war to Paris. By this time, geometric forms of Art Deco were taking over Majorelle's work, forever replacing the free-flowing lines of his earlier, highly regarded creations.Artist's Museums: Musée d'Orsay, Paris Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Modern Art, New York Dallas Museum of Art Detroit Institute of Arts National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg Cleveland Museum of Art Museum of Art, Indianapolis

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