Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Pair Of ‘tournicol’ Side Ta
Pair of ‘Tournicol’ side tables, model no. 1009 AR, late 1920s. Macassar ebony, silver-plated bronze. Each: 60.3 x 40.6 x 45.7 cm (23 3/4 x 16 x 18 in) Underside of one branded with ‘Ruhlmann’ (2).Ω
PROVENANCE DeLorenzo Gallery, New York William A. McCarty Cooper Christie’s, New York, ‘Important Furniture, Silver, Books and Decorative Arts from the Collection of William A. McCarty Cooper’, 25 January 1992, lot 162 Private collection, Switzerland Christie’s, New York, ‘Important 20th-Century Decorative Arts’, 15 June 2004, lot 140 DeLorenzo Gallery, New York.
LITERATURE Florence Camard, Ruhlmann, Paris, 1983, for a drawing of similar examples on p. 180 Emmanuel Bréon and Rosalind Pepall, eds., Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco, Paris, 2004, for a drawing of a similar example on p. 255.
Each of the present nightstands comprises three dummy drawers on one side and a single drawer above a recess on the other. A nonce word, ‘Tournicol’ derives from the French verb tourner (to revolve). It also suggests tournesol (sunflower) which tracks the sun as it rises and sets, as might a revolving bedside table under a waking hand.