Bird Cage on Stand (for Jacques Doucet residence, Paris, France) (Primary Title)

Pierre Legrain, French, 1889 - 1929 (Artist)

ca. 1922-23
lacquer, wood, parchment, aluminum
Overall (assembled): 57 1/2 × 22 1/2 × 22 1/2 in. (146.05 × 57.15 × 57.15 cm)
This bird cage decorated the entrance hall of the Studio Saint James, a 1925 addition to fashion designer Jacques Doucet’s home in Neuilly, a suburb of Paris. Designer Pierre Legrain used aluminum wires for the bird cage and lacquered wood for its frame, perches, and stand. He also used parchment-traditionally reserved for books-to trim the cage, wrapping it around the feet, handles, and stretcher. Artists during this period favored the use of aluminum and lacquer in their furnishings.
Sydney and Frances Lewis Endowment Fund
[UPCOMING] “Jacques Doucet, couturier, collectionneur et mécène,” Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, Sept. 17, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015.
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