Side chair

Designer Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 813

This side chair comes from the dining room designed for the Paris apartment of the engineer Auguste Rateau. The project was overseen by Lévy-Dhurmer, a ceramist who turned to painting and decorating. Each room was conceived according to a unified theme, in this case wisteria, a symbol of welcome. 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. For more information on the full room, refer to MMA 66.244.1-.25.

Side chair, Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (French, Algiers 1865–1953 Le Vésinet), Walnut, leather, brass

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