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Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

"Ambassade" Desk

Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

"Ambassade" Desk

"Ambassade" Desk

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Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

"Ambassade" Desk


circa 1925

model no. 1041AR/1501NR

ébène de Macassar, leather, bronze and ivorine

branded Ruhlmann

28¾ x 69½ x 40¼ in. (73 x 176.5 x 102.2 cm)

Overall in very good condition. The wooden surfaces present with light surface scratches and abrasions throughout. As it is common for such pieces, the wooden surfaces with evidence of sensitive and isolated restorations concentrated to the edges of the tabletop and not visible unless closely inspected. The wooden surfaces with fine hairline cracks to each of the upper corners, which are stable and not visually distracting. The proper left drawer with a minute chip to the wood to a lower corner measuring approximately 1/8 in. and not visually distracting.The leather surface overall with minor and shallow indentations and light surface scratches consistent with gentle use, and slightly more pronounced to the edges. The silvered bronze handles are in very good condition overall with very faint oxidation throughout consistent with age and not visually distracting. The ivory elements have been professionally replaced with ivorine in a manner that is consistent with the color and pattern of the original material, and are in excellent and stable condition. Offered with two period keys, possibly original, which are functional and which present with oxidation throughout consistent with age.


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 by the present owner
Florence Camard, Ruhlmann: Master of Art Deco, New York, 1984, p. 289
Ruhlmann: un génie de l’art déco, exh. cat., Musée des années 30 de Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris, 2002, pp. 16, 19 (for the model presented in a period drawing for the Society of Decorative Arts in the French Embassy, 1925) and 26
Florence Camard, Jacques Émile Ruhlmann, Paris, 2009, pp. 165, 166 and 245 (for period photographs of the model in situ)