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Louis Majorelle

Bed and Pair of Nightstands

Estimate:

15,000 to - 20,000 USD

Property from a New York Private Collector

Louis Majorelle

Louis Majorelle

Bed and Pair of Nightstands

Bed and Pair of Nightstands

Estimate:

15,000 to - 20,000 USD

Property from a New York Private Collector

Louis Majorelle

1859 - 1926

Bed and Pair of Nightstands



circa 1900

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

bed: 72 ½ x 70 ⅛ x 86 in. (184.2 x 178.1 x 218.4 cm)

nightstands: 36 ¼ x 16 ¾ x 14 ¾ in. (92.1 x 42.5 x 37.5 cm) each

Overall in very good condition. The wood surfaces throughout the bed with light scratches, abrasions and indentations throughout, particularly concentrated to the edges and feet as consistent with age and gentle use. The wood surfaces appear to have been sensitivetly refinished at some point in their history. The marquetry is in well-preserved condition with sensitively restored and in-painted minor losses, only visible under close inspection. The right corner of the headboard with one sensitively repaired hairline crack measuring approximately 3 ½ inches. The central panel of the footboard with four sensitively repaired cracks, not visually distracting. The mother of pearl inlay is in excellent condition with one very minor crack to the petal of one flower. The bed rails with some occasional minor and stable separations to the woodgrain, only visible upon close inspection and consistent with the natural aging of the material. The nightstands with light scratches, abrasions, and indentations throughout and particularly concentrated to the lower shelves, edges and feet. The shelf of one nightstand with a more significant area of wear on the left side and a circular watermark. The drawer of the same nightstand with minor cracks to the upper edge of the wood that is not visually distracting. The wood marquetry of both doors is in well-preserved condition with very minor crackling and very minor losses. The marble of both nightstands in very good condition with minor chips and indentations concentrated to the corners and not visually distracting. The marble of one nightstand is loose but slots stably into place. The bronze handles in very good condition with light tarnish concentrated to the recessed areas of the design as consistent with age. The silk lining of the interiors is in well-preserved condition with light surface soiling. 


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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. 73 (for the bed)
Alastair Duncan, The Paris Salons 1895-1914, Volume III: Furniture, Woodbridge, 1996, p. 398