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Louis Majorelle
LA CASCADE CABINET, 1898
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Louis Majorelle
LA CASCADE CABINET, 1898
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Design

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Louis Majorelle
LA CASCADE CABINET, 1898
carved Honduran mahogany, amaranth, marquetry of walnut, oak, Rio rosewood and beech and mother-of-pearl
Signed L. Majorelle and dated 1898 on the base
169,5 x 78 x 39 cm ; 66  3/4  x 30  3/4  x 15  3/8  in.
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Provenance

Private collection, France
Maître Jack-Philippe Ruellan, Vannes, December 9, 2006
Private collection, France

Exhibited

Salon des Artistes Français, Paris, 1899, n. 5064

Literature

René Dulong, "Les Arts d'Ameublement aux Salons", Art et décoration, July-December 1899, p. 44
The Paris Salons, 1895 – 1914,  vol. III : Furniture, Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, 1996, p. 395
Alastair Duncan, Louis Majorelle, Master of Art Nouveau Design, New York, 1991, p. 31

Catalogue Note

Three different versions of La Cascade are known to exist.
A first version was created for the Salon de Nancy in 1898. A second version, with a carved vegetal motif on the base, was then conceived the same year for the Salon des Artistes Français in 1899. The exhibited cabinet, most likely the offered lot, is signed and dated on the base, a strong indication that Louis Majorelle considered this cabinet design to be completed. It is this version, with the signature moved within the marquetry, which would later be commercialised. Finally, Majorelle would create a third and final version with a thicker and more carved base.

We would like to thank Mrs Roselyne Bouvier for her assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.

Design

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