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11: EMILE-JACQUES RUHLMANN, Pair of ‘Drouant’ armchairs

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Pair of ‘Drouant’ armchairs, model no. 101 NR, circa 1925. Macassar ebony, silvered bronze, fabric. Each: 85.1 x 56.2 x 62.2 cm (33 1/2 x 22 1/8 x 24 1/2 in) Together with original Aubusson tapestry upholstery designed by Emile Gaudissart (2).Ω

PROVENANCE Sotheby’s, Monaco, ‘Arts Décoratifs Styles 1900 et 1925’, 6 March 1983 (part of a larger suite), lot 134 Sotheby’s, ‘20th Century Decorative Arts & Design’, London, 3 July 2002, lot 34 Private collection, New York.
EXHIBITED ‘Ruhlmann’, Galerie Francine et Thierry Couvrat Desvergnes, Paris, 11 June– 15 September 1985 ‘Art Deco 1910–1939’, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 27 March–20 July 2003 ‘Art Deco 1910–1939’, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 20 September 2003–4 January 2004 ‘Art Deco 1910–1939’, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 13 March–5 July 2004 ‘Art Deco 1910–1939’, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 22 August 2004–9 January 2005 ‘Art Deco 1910–1939’, National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, 2008, 28 June–5 October 2008.
LITERATURE Art Deco 1910–1939, exh. cat.,Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2003, illustrated on p.151 Art Deco 1910–1939, exh. cat., National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, 2008, illustrated on p.96.
Ruhlmann designed the present model armchair and a similar side chair in 1924 for Drouant, a popular bistro at 18 rue Gaillon in Paris. The following year he exhibited his ‘Drouant’ chairs upholstered in silk damask in the Grand Salon of the Pavillon du Collectionneur at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. An adjacent related suite of furniture – a bench, a settee, and an armchair – were covered with a floral Aubusson tapestry (similar to that accompanying the present lot) designed by the artist, architect and sculptor Emile Gaudissard, who also designed the Salon’s immense circular carpet.

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