Marcel Coard, ‘Table Lamp’, circa 1925, Sotheby's: Important Design

Dimensions: 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm) excluding fittings

Sotheby's would like to thank Amélie Marcilhac for her assistance with the authentication and cataloguing of this lot.

From the Catalogue:

From the beginning of his career, Coard’s refined designs attracted the attention of the famed collector and fashion designer Jacques Doucet. From 1928 onwards, Coard created exceptional pieces of furniture with pure forms and rich materials for Doucet’s apartments where they were displayed alongside extraordinary works of art and design by Eileen Gray, Pierre Legrain, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso.

Thanks to Doucet, Coard entered the world of great Art Deco designers of the time. He was introduced to African and Cubist Art that would become major inspiration for his later work. He developed his own design business and worked for several important private patrons. For each commission, Coard created tailored interiors which were defined by a sense of luxury, preciousness and modernity. He developed a unique personal style, interpreting the influences of his contemporaries into his own designs, and his creations were imbued with African references.

In the present lot, the softness and delicate veining of the alabaster contrasts beautifully with the geometric lines of the standard and circular oak base. The composition and materials reflect both Cubist and African inspirations, probably guided by Jacques Doucet’s taste, who bought Picasso's great masterwork, Demoiselles d’Avignon. This lamp shares commonalities with works by Pierre Legrain, who also worked for Jacques Doucet.

With its radical geometric lines, delicate execution and iconic material, this lamp appears as a true masterwork, a piece of sculpture even more so than a lamp, making it an exceptional piece for an avant-garde interior.

—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: impressed MARCEL C. COARD

Amélie Marcilhac, Marcel Coard Décorateur, Paris, 2012, p. 91 (for the present lot illustrated)

Vallois, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2003

About Marcel Coard