• Item: Chest of Drawers
• Circa: 1940
• Period: Art Deco
• Designed influenced by Ruhlmann
• Provenance: England, UK
• Wood: Figured walnut & macassar ebony
• Solid frame
• Stunning symmetrical mirror matched veneers
• Four graduated dovetailed drawers
• Wooden handles
• Original polish & patination
• Original macassar ebony bracket feet
• Crisp design & clean lines
• Excellent quality & colour
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14-day UK returns policy
This is a good quality decorative English Art Deco Ruhlmann Style figured walnut & macassar ebony bedroom chest of drawers, circa 1940, in excellent condition. Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann was a renowned French designer, who influenced a style of French Art Deco Furniture in 1920’s and 1930’s. The chest boasts stunning geometric shape figured walnut inlay to the top and front and comprises a moulded top, above four graduated dovetailed drawers. The drawers feature quarter beading and dovetail construction, with decorative bar shaped wooden handles. The chest stands on its original macassar ebony bracket feet. This piece boasts classic art deco styling in the overall design of the crisp design, clean lines, handles and feet.
The chest features a lovely mellow figured walnut Art Deco colour. It has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.
This item would look superb in a variety of rooms, especially the bedroom. This item would certainly grace any home and is a great investment, as it is extremely functional. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.
History of Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann (28 August 1879 – 15 November 1933), his first names often seen reversed as Jacques-Émile, was a renowned French designer of furniture and interiors, epitomising for many the glamour of the French Art Deco style of the 1910s and 1920s. He was born in Paris to Alsatian parents who were in the general decorating business. When his father died in 1907, he took over the family firm. In 1919 Ruhlmann founded, with Pierre Laurent, the company Ruhlmann et Laurent, specializing in interior design and producing luxury home goods that included furniture, wallpaper and lighting. By this time, Ruhlmann was making formal elegant furniture using precious and exotic woods in combination with ivory fittings, giving them a classic, timeless appeal. Ruhlmann’s legacy as a designer was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004. In 2009, he was called the “Art Deco’s greatest artist” by the New York Times.
This Art Deco chest is in excellent condition. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges and frame but nothing significant considering the age of the item. The chest, which has been professionally French polished by hand, boasts a wonderful mellow colour and patination. There are not cup marks or nasty scratches to the top of the chest. The drawers are dovetailed and quarter beaded and close flush to the frame. All four drawers are in good working condition. This item is well constructed, solid in joint and ready to use.
Height = 92.3cm or 36⅜” or 3ft ⅜”
Width = 75.2cm or 29⅝” or 2ft 5⅝”
Depth = 50.2cm or 21¾” or 1ft 9¾”
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