"Chinoise" Dressing Table

Designer Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann French

Not on view

This luxurious dressing table reflects the increasing interest in colonial resources (both material and artistic) that characterized French design during the late 1920s and early 1930s. Its apparent finish is lacquer—a traditional Asian technique—and its form evokes the dignified simplicity of Asian furniture. Ruhlmann made this model in a variety of finishes, including white-leaded oak, eggshell lacquer, red natural lacquer, and black synthetic lacquer, as in this example. Synthetic lacquers, such as Duco (introduced by DuPont in 1924), were introduced in the early 1920s.

No image available

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.