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"Tibattant" Desk

Designer:
Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann (French, Paris 1879–1933 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1923
Culture:
French
Medium:
Macassar ebony, ivory, leather, aluminum leaf, silver, silk, oak, lumber-core plywood, poplar, mahogany
Dimensions:
H. 44 1/4, W. 23 1/4, D. 14 7/8 in. (112.4 x 59.1 x 37.8 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1923
Accession Number:
23.174
Not on view
Curator Joseph Breck purchased this desk from Ruhlmann in 1923, making it the first work by the designer to enter a public collection.
Inscription: Signed (underside, branded twice): Ruhlmann

Marking: Stamped (underside behind proper left front leg): A (within a circle)
Ruhlmann et Laurent, Paris (1923; sold to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco," June 10–September 5, 2004, no. 20.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. "Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco," September 30–December 12, 2004, no. 20.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of French Art Deco," August 4, 2009–January 23, 2011, no catalogue.

Joseph Breck. "Modern Decorative Arts." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 18 (November 1923), pp. 244–45.

Joseph Aronson. The Encyclopedia of Furniture. 3rd ed. New York, 1965, p. 169, fig. 500.

Penelope Hunter. "Art Deco and The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Connoisseur 179 (April 1972), p. 273.

Penelope Hunter-Stiebel. "The Decorative Arts of the Twentieth Century." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 37 (Winter 1979–1980), p. 24.

Jared Goss in Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco. Ed. Emmanuel Bréon and Rosalind Pepall. Exh. cat., Musée des Années 30, Boulogne-Billancourt. Paris, 2004, pp. 180–83, 290.

Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 194–95, 249 nn. 4, 5, p. 262, no. 54, ill. (color).



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