Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann (French, Paris 1879–1933 Paris)
Macassar ebony, ivory, silk, silvered bronze
H. 39 1/2, W. 33 1/2, D. 19 1/4 in. (100.3 x 85.1 x 48.9 cm)
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1925
Not on view
The formal simplicity of this cabinet provides a backdrop for an extraordinarily complex and subtle marquetry pattern. The body of the piece is raised on four fuseau (spindle-shaped) legs, which give the model its name. The Metropolitan purchased the cabinet directly from Ruhlmann in 1925. It probably was intended to be a sort of man’s dressing table (a vide-poche, or “pocket emptier”), though records in the Ruhlmann archive show that the model could also be adapted for use as a cabinet for liquor or cigars.
Marking: Stamped under front rail: Ruhlmann; stamped on rail behind proper front left leg: C.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco," June 10–September 5, 2004, no. 23.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. "Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco," September 30–December 12, 2004, no. 23.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of French Art Deco," August 4, 2009–January 23, 2011.