H. 51-5/8, W. 44-3/4, D. 17-7/8 inches
(131.1 x 113.7 x 45.4 cm.)
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1925
Not on view
This cabinet formed part of the furnishings of the main salon of the É-J. Ruhlmann pavilion at the 1925 Exposition International des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, Paris. While Ruhlmann designed and made the vast majority of the furnishings in his pavilion, a few works were supplied by his friends—essentially, to fill in gaps. Its simplicity of form is offset by the spectacular graining of the wood veneer, with perfectly matched repeats that resemble watered silk.
Inscription: Signed (under marble top, branded): LJ [within a circle]; (incised): L Jallot
the artist, Paris (until 1925; sold to MMA)
Paris. Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes. April–October 1925.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of French Art Deco," August 4, 2009–January 23, 2011, no catalogue.
"Les Ensembles modernes." Art et industrie (November 1925), unpaginated.
Joseph Breck. "Modern Decorative Arts: Some Recent Purchases." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 21 (February 1926), p. 38.
Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 110–12, 257, no. 26, ill. (color, overall and detail).