An Interior by Majorelle

On 01 February 2021, by Anne Doridou-Heim

In their home, two collectors created a speaking ode to the plant world through Art Nouveau, including through pieces by Nancy-based designer Louis Majorelle.

Louis Majorelle (1859-1926), "Chicorée" dining room set in molded and carved walnut, consisting of a two-door dresser (210 x 230 x 58 cm/ 82.6 x 90.5 x 22.8 in), a sideboard (143 x 165 x 40 cm/ 56.2 x 65 x 15.7 in), a table (71 x 126 x 155 cm/ 28 x 49.6 x 61 in.) and eight chairs (h. 100 cm/ 39.4 in).
Result: €30,240

The Ile-de-France property of two Parisian collectors—one a gallery owner, the other a publisher—had a strong Art Nouveau flavor. From the wallpaper to the curtains, they did everything to match the surroundings to the contents. Part of this harmonious ensemble, a dining room set by Louis Majorelle (1859-1926) consisting of a dresser, sideboard, table and eight chairs, all in molded walnut with carved panels in marquetry, garnered €30,240. The nature-loving designer from Nancy named it "Chicorée" (Chicory) after the wild plant whose roots are famously beneficial, and whose delicate purple-blue flowers embellish a décor to perfection. Furniture by the designer also included a music cabinet (142 x 71 x 35 cm/60 x 30 x 13.7 in) inlaid with flowers, which fetched €8,442, and a suite consisting of a sofa, a pair of armchairs and a pair of chairs in the "Ombelles" model, which went for €10,480. The cabinetmaker, a key figure of the 1900s style, employed a wealth of curves and arabesques. After some major restoration work, his villa emerged from a long sleep last year. Designed by the architect Henri Sauvage (1873-1932), it reveals the manifesto of a man who already applied the principles of total art, and whose work was an ode to the plant world: principles taken up by the collectors whose furniture was sold here.

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