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PAUL DUPRÉ-LAFON (1900-1971)

Desk , Circa 1950

Inverted U-shaped Macassar ebony veneer desk with two boxes.

Original Hermès brown leather on the top and sides of the desk. The top has two brass-edged niches that open into sliding drawers covered with parchment with bronze spherical handles.

On the visitor's side, three sliding trays are separated by bronze cabochons lined with leather in their centre, the front is lined with its original parchment.

On the work side, each box opens with three drawers with rounded inner corners and original bronze handles.

 

 

H 72 - L 210 - P 84,5 cm (H 28.3 - W 82.7 - D 33.3 in)

Origin

"Art nouveau Art déco", Ader-Picard-Tajan Auction, June 29th, 1990, Mairie du 9e, Paris. Our set represented at numbe 380 in the sale catalogue (world record for the artist at the time of this auction). - Galerie L’Arc en Seine, Paris VI. Work acquired during the previous one. - Private collection, Neuilly. Work acquired on December 20th, 1990 from the previous.

Bibliography

"Inventaire", Art et Décoration, 1946, similar model p. 23
Le Décor de la Maison, Recueil de 1949, éditions du Décor d’Aujourd’hui, Paris, 1949 for an identical model or slight variation on the design drawn by Paul Dupré-Lafon reproduced pl.14. 
Art & Décoration, N° 16, année 1950, for a variant model reproduced p.9.
Ensembles mobiliers, vol. 6, Éditions Charles Moreau, vers 1945, for a variant model reproduced pl.13 and 14.
L’Amour de l’Art, N° 28-29-30 de 1948, variant feet reproduced p.30.
Thierry Couvrat Desvergnes, "Paul Dupré-Lafon, décorateur des millionnaires", Éditions de l’Amateur, Paris, 1990, reproduced sheathing and base variants pp. 174, 175 and 182.
Bruno Foucart & Jean-Louis Gaillemin, "Les Décorateurs des Années 40", Paris, 1998, similar model p. 117.