French Art Nouveau Mahogany Sideboard after Louis Majorelle


A French Art Nouveau mahogany sideboard after Louis Majorelle in the early 20th century. An open shelf decorated with leaf motifs is raised between two curved side panels, above a marble-inset top with a stepped edge above a base of conforming shape with two drawers in the apron that each sit above a cupboard door, the symmetrical sides separated with a fluted panel with carved foliate design that terminates in a rectangular foot. Organically-shaped brass drawer pulls, door hinges and escutcheons accent the simple silhouette. Measures: 63 x 49 x 20 ½ inches.

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.