Decorative Arts
Furniture and Furnishings
pearwood, mahogany, bronze, upholstery, glass, leather
Overall: 75 1/4 × 30 3/4 × 17 7/8 in. (191.14 × 78.11 × 45.4 cm)
Part of a set "Office Suite" (85.87.1-6)
Hector Guimard was among the most famous architects and designers working in Europe at the turn of the last century. He created total environments, from the architecture of a building to every aspect of its interior including furniture, metalwork, and textiles. Representing the highest quality in cabinetmaking, this office suite displays Guimard’s use of botanical motifs based on a plant’s stems and roots. The carved decoration in high relief serves to unify the suite of furniture.
Signed, "Hector Guimard 1909"
Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis
Guimard, Paris, Musee d'Orsay 13 April 26 -
July 1992, Lyon, Musee des Arts Decoratif et des Tissus, 25 Sept. 1992-3 Jan 1993
Europe: Begenning and End, 1993, four venues, Tokyo, Fukuama, Osake, and Kobe, Japan.
Cross-Currents of Modernism: Selections from the Sydney & Francis Lewis Collection, BGC, NYC, 11/18/94-2/26/95
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