Jacques ADNET (1900-1984) : Set of four beautiful rosewood armchairs, redone



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Jacques ADNET (1900-1984) and "La Compagnie des Arts Français":
Set of four armchairs in solid palissander (rosewood). Beautiful curved
shape back. The arm-rest joint goes around the chair to the back nicely
curved like a belt. Square legs in spindle-shape with brass feet.
Seat and back redone and covered with a pale yellow cotton velvet "Marrakech oro" by Gaston y Daniela.
From the 30's.
Exceptional quality of design and realisation.

Variant of a model of 1933. Created for the exhibition "Salon des Artistes
Décorateurs" 1934. Shown in the literature in the apartment of Mr. & Mrs
Frank Jay Gould, Boulevard Suchet, in Paris.

Height of the back: 81cm/32in
Height of the seat: 50cm/20in
Depth: 43cm/17in
Width: 53cm/21in


Art et Décoration, vol.62 (1933) p.6, for the first model (top of the back in a round shape).
L'Illustration, 27 mai 1933 "Intérieurs modernes", see "Salle à manger chez M. A. M." (same model as the precedent).
Art et Décoration, vol.63 (1934) p.291-299: "Une récente installation de Jacques Adnet" (Boulevard Suchet in Paris) by André Boll. See pictures p.294 and 296 (similar model as our but with behind legs incurved).
Art et Industrie, mars 1935, p.7-12: "Chez M. et Mme Frank Jay Gould à Paris, architecte-décorateur: Jacques Adnet, Compagnie des Arts Français" (same model as the precedent).
Art et Industrie, août 1935, p.8 see picture (same model as the precedent).
Mobilier et Décoration, 1935, p.376-386: "Ensembles récents de Jacques Adnet". See p.377: "Appartement de M. et Mme R., la salle-à-manger".
Plaisir de France, avril 1939, see picture p.28 "later variant of this model with square right legs without brass feet".

Jacques ADNET (1900-1984) Jacques ADNET (1900-1984):
French architect and decorator, he worked for Henri RAPIN and Tony SELMERSHEIM and, from 1920-22, for Maurice DUFRENE; designing accessories in metal and glass, executed sturdy Modern furniture designs, mixing them with traditional pieces, much like Jean-Michel FRANK; used a logical, clear, refined approach; often collaborated with younger brother Jean ADNET. In 1922, became director of decorative studio 'La Maîtrise' of 'Galeries Lafayette'; designed the 'salle commune' of the 1926 oceanliner 'Ile-de-France'. From 1928-1959, was director at Louis SUE's and André MARE's 'Compagnie des Arts Français'; designed furniture suites for the townhouse of the banker Franck Jay GOULD, Boulevard Suchet in Paris, apartment of Alice COCEA, 1947 office of the French president Vincent AURIOL's residence at Château de Rambouillet and oceanliner 'Ferdinand de Lesseps'. In the 1930s, often incorporated metal and glass into his furniture; applied a philosophy of stark Functionalism to all of his ensembles, including tubular chromed dressing tables, mobile drinks cabinets, and furniture in exotic woods, including bubenga and white peroba. His kinetic and inventive lighting was based on severe geometric principles, with few concessions to ornementation, showing the influence of contemporary 'machinisme'. In 1970, became director of 'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs', Paris.

Alain-René HARDY & Gaëlle MILLET: Jacques ADNET. Paris. les Editions de l'Amateur. 2009.

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