Jules Leleu, ‘Fine Art Deco Floor Lamp’, ca. 1932, Maison Gerard
Jules Leleu, ‘Fine Art Deco Floor Lamp’, ca. 1932, Maison Gerard

Signature: Signed on ivory plaque on base: JLeleu

An identical floor lamp was exhibited in the two museum retrospectives on Leleu: Leleu 50 ans de mobilier et de décoration, 1920-1970 at the Musée des Années 30, in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris, France (2008) and at La Piscine, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie André Diligent, in Roubaix, France (2007).

That lamp is in the permanent collection of the Musée des Années 30 (The Thirties Museum).

For an illustration of an identical floor lamp, see the exhibition catalog, Leleu - 50 ans de mobilier et de décoration 1920-1970. Paris: Somogy Editions d’art, 2007. 77.

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