Wisteria Room

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 813

This dining room comes from 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. 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.

Wisteria Room, Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (French, Algiers 1865–1953 Le Vésinet), Carved walnut and amaranth

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Gallery 813, Wisteria Room, ca. 1914, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation Gallery