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Louis Majorelle

Armoire

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Property from a New York Private Collector

Louis Majorelle

Louis Majorelle

Armoire

Armoire

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Property from a New York Private Collector

Louis Majorelle

1859 - 1926

Armoire


circa 1900

mahogany, fruitwood marquetry, gilt bronze, glass, mother of pearl

106 x 79 x 21 ½ in. (269.2 x 203.2 x 54.6 cm)

Overall in very good condition. When viewed in person, the armoire exhibits monumental scale and spectacular features which are enhanced by a variety of superb wooden surfaces. The wooden surfaces have been sensitively refinished at some point in the history of the piece. The wooden surfaces with light scratches, abrasions and indentations throughout, particularly concentrated to the edges and feet as consistent with age and gentle use. The wood presents with some minor occasional crackling consistent with age and the natural evolution of the medium. The outer edge of the central door with some losses the veneer surrounding the middle and bottom hinges. The wood marquetry of both side doors is in well-preserved condition, presenting with some hairline cracks, age-appropriate wear and minor losses visible under close inspection. The mother of pearl inlay is in well-preserved condition. The interior of the right side of the armoire with a crack to the back panel measuring 7 inches and appearing stable. The central door was likely originally conceived to display a mirror on the facade which was replaced with the current clear glass at some point in the history of the piece, making it into a vitrine. The glass is in excellent condition with minor surface scratches and scuffing not visible unless closely inspected. The central cabinet has three shelves and each of the two side compartments have two shelves. The interior with light dust and surface residue consistent with age. All three drawers are in functional condition. The bronze mounts present with light oxidation, very minor tarnish and surface soiling concentrated to the recessed areas. The wooden and bronze elements that constitute the piece can easily be assembled and disassembled for shipping purposes.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Macklowe Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 1995
Alastair Duncan, Louis Majorelle: Master of Art Nouveau Design, London, 1991, p. 84, fig. 72
Alastair Duncan, The Paris Salons 1895-1914, Volume III: Furniture, Woodbridge, 1996, p. 399