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Jules Leleu

Cabinet, Model No. 4930

Jules Leleu

Jules Leleu

Cabinet, Model No. 4930

Cabinet, Model No. 4930

Jules Leleu

Cabinet, Model No. 4930


circa 1958

with three period keys

shagreen, rosso levanto marble and gilt bronze with a sycamore and mahogany interior

impressed J Leleu on a plaque, stamped Leleu Paris/Made in France and numbered 28904

34 ⅜ x 64 ⅜ x 17 ¼ in. (87.3 x 163.5 x 43.8 cm)

Overall in very good condition. A triumphant achievement in cabinetmaking, the present lot beautifully combines rosso levanto marble, shagreen and gilt bronze decorations to create one of Jules Leleu’s most superb creations. The beautiful natural veining to the marble displays great complexity and a stunning range of colors that include emerald green, burgundy red and crystal white. The marble surface is in overall very well-preserved condition, with occasional and very minimal hairlines which are stable as well as very minimal edge wear consistent with gentle use. The proper right upper corner of the cabinet with a small chip measuring approximately 3/4 in. wide and with old adhesive residue, neither of which are visually distracting. The shagreen surfaces are incredibly well-preserved and retain their structural integrity. Upon close inspection, the shagreen panels present with some extremely minor soiling to the recessed areas, some minute losses to the raised shagreen elements as well as very fine hairline cracks which are stable. The mahogany surfaces on the interior appear to have been reconditioned at some point in the history of the piece. The cabinet interior presents with 6 drawers on each of the two outer compartments (12 drawers total), which were functional at the time of cataloguing. The shelves with light scratches and edge abrasions, not visually distracting. The sycamore interior panels are in very good condition as well with light surface scratches throughout. The gilt bronze decorations appear to have been sensitively re-gilt at some point in their history and are in very good condition overall. The cabinet is offered together with three period keys which are functional. An important and well-documented work by Jules Leleu, which embodies timeless elegance and mid-century French refinement. 


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby’s is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE. 

Maison Gerard, New York
Acquired from the above, 2008
Pierre Kjellberg, Le Mobilier du XXème Siècle: Dictionnaire des Créateurs, Paris, 1994, p. 375 (for a related model)
Françoise Siriex, The House of Leleu: Classic French Style for a Modern World 1920-1973, New York, 2008, pp. 248 (for a drawing of the model) and 254

The present lot is recorded in Maison Leleu's Livre des Créations under the number 4930 as Commode en galuchat and dated 1958.