French Art Deco golden burl Amboyna fall front secretaire, in the manner of Jules Leleu, celebrated French interior designer, sculptor and furniture maker of the Art Deco period. This rare extraordinary cabinet is perfect for a fall front desk, dry bar or bedroom cabinet, a focal point in any room with its geometric shape and the use of the rich Burl Amboyna a rare and most sought after burls originating in the exotic Ambon island of Indonesia. This extoic wood is like a painting, so precise with its diamond design; the continuous vertical and horizontal diamond book mark pattern panels create an abstract three dimensional background. The top portion of cabinet with hinged panel releases to reveal a mirrored back and work surface, four smaller drawers and one larger drawer separate the shelves creating cubby areas for storage. A large drawer in the apron pulls out to support the fall front. Bottom portion of cabinet with two hinged panels opening to reveal two shelf storage. Lavish gold leaf bronze shapely cord motif handles and escutcheons, the inside mirrored surfaces are held into place with intricately detailed matching gold leaf bronze mounts. Original bronze keys with matching design matching hardware.
Art Deco was launched in the midst of the avant-garde art periods, originating in 1908 in sophisticated Paris, reaching its peak after WWI in 1925 at the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industrial Moderne. Art Deco design brings the luxury and glamour of the roaring 20's to the 21st century. With its bold geometry and use of exotic woods it is exquisite creating a contrast in an antique setting or complimenting modern and contemporary interiors.
Jules Leleu (1883-1961), French interior designer, sculptor and furniture maker. Europe's "Art Deco ambassador", founder of Maison Leleu, a company which symbolized refinement, luxury and quality. Their designs were commissioned for private collectors and embassies; encompassing all elements of the interior including furniture, lighting, textiles, wallpaper, and carpet. Leleu's designs were coveted in France and soon became internationally recognized after they were used to furnish transatlantic cruise liners the Île de France and the Atlantique. His following soon included prominent American collectors such as President Dwight D. Eisenhower's wife. Leleu's designs were distinguished by his use of simple geometric shapes with rare and exotic woods such as macassar ebony and burl amboyna. A favorite of his was the use of diamond patterns, creating an abstract effect. Another signature of his was the use of mirrored glass elements and the use of elaborate metal embellishments such as chrome, nickel and bronze escutcheons; such as the cord motif hardware used here. His work is often compared to his contemporary and competitor Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, legendary Parisian Art Deco furniture and interior designer who also favored the use of exotic woods with geometric shapes and use of extraordinary bronze elements.
Of the Period: Art Deco
Place of Origin: France
Period: circa 1925
Dimensions: (54 in.Hx31 in.Wx18 in.D)
Condition: Excellent Antique Condition
Wear: Wear consistent with age and use