Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (French, 1865–1953); made by Édouard-Louis Collet (Swiss, 1876–?)
Walnut and amaranth veneer, marble; brass, copper, mirror glass
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1966 (66.244.1–.2a–e,.9ab,.10ab)
Lévy-Dhurmer entrusted the execution of his designs to a number of highly skilled makers. The woodwork and furniture were made by Édouard-Louis Collet, who covered the door and wall panels with perfectly book-matched quartered walnut veneer inlaid with purplish amaranth wood representing clusters of wisteria blossoms. The embossed leather chair upholstery was supplied by M. Leroy-Desrivières. The wool carpet was woven at the centuries-old Manufacture des Gobelins in Paris. The bronze-and-alabaster standing lamps were made by Falize Frères, a renowned Paris firm that produced high-end metalwork and jewelry. The fireplace surround was handworked by the metalsmith Jean Dunand.