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Louis Majorelle

“Nénuphars” Occasional Table

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 70,000 USD

Louis Majorelle

Louis Majorelle

“Nénuphars” Occasional Table

“Nénuphars” Occasional Table

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 70,000 USD

Lot sold:

69,300

USD

Louis Majorelle

“Nénuphars” Occasional Table


circa 1900

mahogany, thuja burl, gilt bronze

32 ¼ in. (81.9 cm) high

30 ⅝ in. (77.7 cm) diameter

Overall in very good condition. The wooden surfaces appear to have been refinished to revitalize the rich quality of the wood. The mahogany surfaces present with light surface scratches throughout and small indentations concentrated to the edges of the tabletop, consistent with age and gentle use. The seams present with occasional evidence of very minor filling and sensitive restoration to stabilize the structural integrity of the work, most prominent in the areas around the gilt bronze mounts. The mahogany with a hairline crack located on the perimeter of the tabletop beneath one of the bronze mounts, which appears stable. The thuja burl presents with a variegated and dynamic surface in well-preserved condition overall. The burl with some light surface scratches on the table top and lower shelf consistent with gentle use as well as some light crackling throughout, consistent with age and typical of these works by Majorelle. The two tiers are composed of several pieces of burl skillfully joined together to create homogeneous surfaces, the seams of which are not visually distracting and upon close inspection present with evidence of later and sensitive repair to ensure stability. The gilt bronze elements retain their brightness and sculptural integrity. The bronze surfaces with some light oxidation throughout as consistent with age and occasional spots of verdigris which are not visible unless closely inspected. One gilt bronze element around the table top shows some very minor looseness but is stable. The bronze with scattered and light surface soiling throughout. An iconic model by Louis Majorelle in well-preserved and functional condition.


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. 

Macklowe Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above
Majorelle Nancy: décorations d'intérieurs, meubles, tentures, bronzes, ferronneries, sales catalogue, Nancy, n.d., n.p.
Alastair Duncan, Art Nouveau Furniture, New York, 1982, p. 21, pl. 7
Alastair Duncan, Fin de Siècle Masterpieces from the Silverman Collection, New York, 1989, p. 114
Alastair Duncan, Louis Majorelle: Master of Art Nouveau Design, London, 1991, pl. 55
Alastair Duncan, The Paris Salons 1895-1914 Volume III: Furniture, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1996, p. 387 (for a photograph of the model exhibited in the Jansen Showroom in Paris in 1902)
Michel Draguet, Treasures of Art Nouveau: Through the collections of Anne-Marie Gillion Crowet, Milan, 1999, pp. 32, 129 and 271
Pierre Kjellberg, Le Mobilier du XXème Siècle, Paris, 2000, p. 402