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Lot 28
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Marcel Coard

Estimate
450,000 - 550,000 EUR
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Description

  • Marcel Coard
  • Cabinet, circa 1925
  • Branded twice CP for Chanaux & Pelletier and numbered 2030 on the reverse
  • Makassar ebony (Diospyros Celebica), Sapelli (Entandrophragma cylindricum), shagreen and lapis-lazuli
  • 178 x 104 x 42 cm ; 70 x 41 x 16  1/2  in.
Macassar ebony, sapelli, varnished wood, shagreen and lapis-lazuli, opening thanks to a mecanism

Provenance

Private collection of a friend of Marcel Coard, France
Private collection, Paris, acquired from the above circa 1970-1975

Literature

Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank, L'étrange luxe du rien, Paris, 2006, p. 228
Amélie Marcilhac, Marcel Coard, Décorateur, Paris, 2012, p. 132

Catalogue Note

The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Mrs Amélie Marcilhac.

A complete rediscovery, the masterpiece was acquired from Marcel Coard by the current owner in the 1970's and is one of only two known today.
It's sharply contrasting repeated vertical, horizontal and curved lines form an extremely geometric shape echoing the spirit of Cubism, a movement which inspired his designs in the 1920's and 1930's. The contrast of colours and materials (soft white shagreen, cold blue lapis lazuli stone and the warm veining of brown Macassar ebony) serve to further enhance its geometric pattern.
The opening of its doors and drawers is controlled by a central system of two push buttons, a sophisticated mechanism that was inspired by the furniture created by the great cabinetmakers of the 18th century.
A work that is at once modern, precious and luxurious, the design of the present lot went on to serve as the foundational design for the bedroom furniture of Marcelle Cocteau, sister in law of Jean Cocteau. Here Coard again combined lapis lazuli with Macassar ebony, this time replacing the white shagreen with mother of pearl.
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