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Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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Property from an Important American Collection

Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

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circa 1925

model no. 2130 NR

with a medallion by Raymond Bigot

amboyna wood, marble, gilt bronze

branded Ruhlmann and incised RB

41 1/4 x 79 1/2 x 25 in. (104.8 x 201.9 x 63.5 cm)

Overall in very good condition. The wooden surfaces appear to have been sensitively reconditioned at some point in the history of the piece to revitalize the rich quality of the amboyna wood. The wood presents with scattered surface scratches, abrasions, light wear, indentations and small chips particularly concentrated to the edges and consistent with age and gentle use. The medallion presents with a few more concentrated minor abrasions to the edges and around the keyhole as consistent with gentle use. A small number of breakages and associated losses to the marble top have recently been sensitively stabilized by a professional restorer, and are now stable and not visually distracting from the rich veining. The marble presents with several fine hairline cracks and a few small losses, most of which appear to have been sensitively restored and filled at some point in the history of the piece and are not visually distracting. The marble surface presents with scattered scratches, abrasions, wear and small indentations concentrated to the edges, consistent with gentle use and not visually distracting. The gilt bronze elements with some light surface soiling, occasional discolorations and tarnish consistent with age. Together with a period key. A handsome model designed for the Hotel du Collectionneur in collaboration with celebrated animalier sculptor Raymond Bigot.


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, 1991

Charles Moreau, Ensembles mobiliers, Paris, 1925, pl. 2 (for a period photograph of the model in the Pavillon du Collectionneur)

Florence Camard, Ruhlmann: Master of Art Deco, New York, 1984, pp. 145 (for a period photograph of the model in the Fricotelle, 1926-1927) and 160 (for the above mentioned photograph)

Emmanuel Bréon and Rosalind Pepall, eds., Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco, exh. cat., Musée des Années 30, Paris, 2004, p. 50 (for the above mentioned photograph)

Florence Camard, Ruhlmann, New York, 2011, p. 176 (for a related model)