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Desk

Artist:
Louis Süe (French, Bordeaux 1875–1968 Paris)
Artist:
André Mare (French, Argentan 1887–1932 Paris)
Manufacturer:
Compagnie des Arts Français
Date:
ca. 1925
Medium:
Ebonized wood (probably beech), oak, zebrawood, gilt bronze, leather
Dimensions:
30 1/4 × 64 1/2 × 33 3/4 in. (76.8 × 163.8 × 85.7 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1925
Accession Number:
25.209.1
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Süe et Mare’s pavilion, Musée d’Art Contemporain (Museum of Contemporary Art), at the 1925 exposition was remarkable for its lavish interior—extravagant patterning, abundance of color, and bold designs that looked back to the Louis XV style for inspiration. The centerpiece of its main salon was this ebony and gilt-bronze desk suite, which was among the most important works that curator Joseph Breck purchased for the Metropolitan at the fair.
La Compagnie des Arts Français, Paris (1925; sold to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art Deco Paris," June 8, 2004–February 6, 2005, no catalogue.

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

Gaston Varenne. "L'Exposition des Arts Décoratifs: Le Mobilier français." Art et décoration 48 (July 1925), p. 20.

Joseph Breck. "Modern Decorative Arts: Some Recent Purchases." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 21 (February 1926), pp. 36–38.

Maurice Dufrène. Ensembles mobiliers: Exposition Internationale 1925. Paris, 1926, pl. 28.

Georges Rémon. "Nos Artistes–décorateurs: Süe et Mare." Mobilier et décoration 6 (January 1926), pp. 11, 13.

Penelope Hunter-Stiebel. The Fine Art of the Furniture Maker. Rochester, N.Y., 1981, pp. 85–91.

Florence Camard. Süe et Mare et La Compagnie des Arts Français. Paris, 1993, pp. 131–32, 270, 291.

Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 220–23, 250 nn. 3–6, p. 264, no. 65a, ill. (color, overall and detail).



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