A French Art Nouveau Mahogany Vitrine by Louis Majorelle in the early 20th century. A marble top surmounts a carved mahogany vitrine of simple and organic form. The case and glazed doors are carved with a slightly bulbous shape, while the corners of the frieze and supports are decorated with carved 'les algues', or seaweed, motif, which is also refected in brass plaques on the door fronts. The case sits on a stepped base with slightly splayed feet. The French furniture designer Louis Majorelle was born in Toul, near Nancy, in 1859. Louis Majorelle studied painting from 1877 at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Jean-François Millet but, after his father died, he returned to Nancy in 1879 and took over the family furniture-making business, Maison Majorelle. Under the direction of Louis, the elegant furniture forms of his father became heavily influenced by the rise of Art Nouveau aesthetic, as well as the natural elements found in the work of Émile Gallé. In 1900 Majorelle showed an interior he had designed at the "Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Paris", worked in collaboration with Daum Frères, and in 1901 became deputy of the École de Nancy.
Date: c. 1900
Dimensions: 50.75 x 50.25 x 17 in.