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Jules Leleu

Rare Cabinet, ca. 1963

Tortoiseshell with original key, gilt-bronze ornamentation and carved jade details. Shelved sycamore interior.
56 × 31 × 18 in
142.2 × 78.7 × 45.7 cm
Unique
This is a unique work.
$300,000 - 400,000
Location
New York, New York
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Maison Gerard
New York, New York
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Considered in their time as meubles d’exception, these two single-door cabinets in tortoiseshell …

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Considered in their time as meubles d’exception, these two single-door cabinets in tortoiseshell designed by Jules Leleu represent a landmark achievement of the French Art Deco. Classical in shape and expertly executed, these two cabinets were specifically created for two of Leleu’s most important Parisian clients.

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Design/Decorative Art
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, J. Leleu
Manufacturer
Maison Leleu
Jules Leleu
French, 1883–1961
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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.

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Maison Gerard
New York, New York
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Considered in their time as meubles d’exception, these two single-door cabinets in tortoiseshell …

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Considered in their time as meubles d’exception, these two single-door cabinets in tortoiseshell designed by Jules Leleu represent a landmark achievement of the French Art Deco. Classical in shape and expertly executed, these two cabinets were specifically created for two of Leleu’s most important Parisian clients.

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Medium
Design/Decorative Art
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, J. Leleu
Manufacturer
Maison Leleu
Jules Leleu
French, 1883–1961
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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.

Jules Leleu

Rare Cabinet, ca. 1963

Tortoiseshell with original key, gilt-bronze ornamentation and carved jade details. Shelved sycamore interior.
56 × 31 × 18 in
142.2 × 78.7 × 45.7 cm
Unique
This is a unique work.
$300,000 - 400,000
Location
New York, New York
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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