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Jacques Le Chevallier (French, 1896–1987)
Aluminum, ebonite
11 × 9 in. (27.9 × 22.9 cm) Weight: 2 lb. (0.9 kg)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, 2001
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Not on view
A founding member of the French reform-minded design group Union des Artistes Modernes, Le Chevallier is perhaps best known for the small number of table lamps that he created in the late 1920s. The bulb and socket are not concealed, and the emitted light can be redirected by revolving the lamp. While machinelike, the Cubist-inspired angular planes, exposed screws, and slightly reflective finish achieve a decorative quality. Though less reflective than silver or chrome-plated steel, aluminum was more affordable, increasing its appeal for designers.
Marking: Stamped (underside of plane with socket): DEPOSE / MADE IN / FRANCE; Type 4 / JLC/ No / R / K [within a rectangle]
private collection, Paris; [Galerie Dora, Paris, until 2001; sold to MMA]

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Significant Objects," November 26, 2002–May 2, 2004, no catalogue.

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

Jean Prouvé. Le Métal. Paris, [1929], pl. 8.

"Le Lumière." Ce temps ci: Cahiers d'art contemporain no. 3 (January 1929), ill. p. 75.

Ernest Tisserand. "Esthetique du luminaire." L'Art vivant 6 (December 1, 1930), p. 942.

Sarah Nichols. Aluminum by Design. Exh. cat., Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, 2000, pp. 212, 285, no. 3.10, ill. p. 213 (color) (Carnegie Museum of Art collection).

Jared Goss in "Recent Acquisitions. A Selection: 2000–2001." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 59 (Fall 2001), p. 60, ill.

Jean-François Archieri, ed. Jacques Le Chevalier, 1896–1987: La Lumière moderne, 1896–1987. Exh. cat., Musée d'art et d'industrie de Roubaix. Montreuil, 2007, pp. 64–69.

Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 128–29, 257–58, no. 33, ill. (color, overall and detail).

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