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Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

"Granet" Desk

Auction Closed

December 8, 09:48 PM GMT


150,000 - 200,000 USD

Lot Details


Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

"Granet" Desk


model no. 1517 AR

rosewood, original leather, chromium-plated bronze

branded Ruhlmann twice, dated 1932 and with the Atelier A mark

29½ x 75½ x 38 in. (75 x 191.8 x 96.5 cm)

Commissioned directly from the artist for the study of Carlos Alberto Cabral, second Count of Vizela and original owner of Casa de Serralves, Porto, Portugal

Galerie Rodolphe Perpitch, Paris

DeLorenzo Gallery, New York, 1986

Giuseppe Gazzoni, Bologna, 2001

Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2005

Florence Camard, Ruhlmann: Master of Art Deco, New York, 1984, pp. 218-219 and 221 (for the present lot illustrated)
Jacques Émile Ruhlmann e a Fraternidade das Artes, exh. cat., Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, 2009, p. 117 (for the present lot illustrated)
Florence Camard, Ruhlmann, New York, 2011, p. 353 (for a related model)
Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann e a Fraternidade das Artes, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal, July 17-September 27, 2009

The present desk is a later variation of the iconic "Tardieu" model from 1929. This exceptional piece, while retaining many of the original attributes from the earlier model including a built-in adjustable lamp on the desktop, stands out by its sleek rectangular form, its superb rosewood selection and the addition of a leather writing surface which has been beautifully preserved. The result is an incredibly modern desk blending traditional craftsmanship and simplified lines, attesting to the master of Art Deco's ability to adapt and continually renew his superior cabinetmaking practice.