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Commode

Artist:
Jules Leleu (French, 1883–1961)
Date:
1925
Medium:
Amboyna wood, ivory, marble, brass, mahogany, birch plywood
Dimensions:
H. 35, L. 49-1/4, D. 18-1/2 inches
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Agnes Miles Carpenter, 1946
Accession Number:
46.93
Not on view
Rather more conservative than many of his contemporaries, Leleu was nonetheless a prolific ensemblier with a large number of private and public clients, including the French ocean liners Île-de-France, Atlantique, Normandie, and France. He was also an active participant in the annual Salon d’Automne and Salon des Artistes Décorateurs as well as an exhibitor at the Paris international expositions of 1925 and 1937. This commode was part of his display at the 1925 fair.
Inscription: Signed (bottom of marble top, in red crayon and on wood beneath marble, in chalk): Leleu
Agnes Miles Carpenter, New York (presumably ca. 1926–46; her gift to MMA)

Paris. Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes. April–October 1925.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Decorative Arts from the International Exposition of Modern Decorative & Industrial Art, Paris," February 22–March 21, 1926.

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

Th. Harlor. "L'Expositions des Arts Décoratifs Modernes: L'Aménagement intérieur et le mobilier." Gazette des beaux-arts ser. 5, 12 (July-December 1925), p. 372.

Pierre E. Benoit. "Commodes modernes par J.M. Leleu." Art et Industrie 3 (February 1927), p. 46.

Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 137–38, 245 n.l, p. 258, no. 36, ill. (color, overall and detail).



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