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"Retombante" Stool

Designer:
Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann (French, Paris 1879–1933 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1916–18
Medium:
Lacquered beech, silvered bronze, and modern upholstery
Dimensions:
H. 22 1/4, W. 25 1/2, D. 18 3/4 in. (56.5 x 64.8 x 47.5 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Chow, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.399.4
Not on view
The model name refers to this stool’s unusual shape. Its minimal sloping back support—really just an extension of the unusually deep seat—gives the impression that anyone sitting too far back might easily fall off. The legs lend a somewhat anthropomorphic aspect to the piece, accentuated by the velvet upholstery imitating fur.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco," June 10–September 5, 2004, no. 3.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. "Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco," September 30–December 12, 2004, no. 3.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of French Art Deco," August 4, 2009–January 23, 2011.

Jane Adlin. "Vanities: Art of the Dressing Table." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 71 (Fall 2013), p. 40, no. 53, ill. (color).

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