Signature: Signed: J Leleu
A similar commode from the collection of the Mobilier National was exhibited in the two museum retrospectives on Leleu: Leleu 50 ans de mobilier et de décoration 1920-1970 at the Musée d’Art et d’Industrie André-Diligent, Roubaix, France (June 15th - September 16th 2007) and at the Musée des Années 30, Boulogne Billancourt, France (Sep. 25th, 2007 – Jan. 6th, 2008)
For illustrations of similar cabinets, see:
Ed. Edmond Honoré. Mobilier et Décoration. N°5, November 1946. Cover, 25.
Leleu - 50 ans de mobilier et de décoration 1920-1970. Paris: Somogy Editions d’art, 2007. 112-13.
Siriex, Françoise. The House of Leleu. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 2008. 216.
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