Mirror height is adjustable
Signature: Signed: J Leleu
For an illustration of this barbiere, see Duncan, Alastair. Art Deco Complete. New York: Abrams, 2009. 421.
The Malle-Beghin bathroom is partially illustrated in Siriex, Françoise. The House of Leleu. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 2008. 31. and Jutheau, Viviane. Jules et André Leleu. Paris: Editions Vecteurs, 1989. 61.
Designed for the elaborate bathroom of the Malle-Beghin residence (family of filmmaker Louis Malle) for their chateau in Thumeries, France. The set also included a free standing Psyche mirror, a curule stool, and a daybed, all in amboyna.
About Jules Leleu
Born into a family of artisans and artists—the House of Leleu had been around since the 1700s—Jules Leleu was one of the fathers of French Art Deco design. Although he “never achieved the international fame of Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, Jean Michel Frank, or Le Corbusier,” The New York Times once wrote, “he was just as successful and probably more prolific than his better-known contemporaries.” Often compared with the furniture designs of Ruhlmann, Leleu’s chairs, tables, and cabinets emphasized simple shapes, exotic woods, and marquetry, and inlaid ivory and other embellishments. Leleu adored tradition and was the ultimate craftsman, but as his career progressed he grew more adventurous; in the hands of his children, the House of Leleu began to experiment with lacquer, plastic, aluminum, and fiberglass.
French, 1883-1961, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France