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JACQUES-ÉMILE RUHLMANN (1879-1933)

"Nicolle" Card Table, circa 1928

Special order, unique piece. Variant of the "Nicolle" model with a lemon tree top turning around presenting a game board and fawn felt, supported by a cherry veneered base opening with four ashtray drawers, resting on four tapered legs. Gilded bronze handles.  Stamped Ruhlmann and marked Deroubaix on the reverse of a crossbar.

H 75,5 - L 97 cm (H 29.7 - W 38.2 in)

Origin

Collection Jules Deroubaix, in the family since the beginning.

History

This model of card table (referenced AR1076/NR1264) was created between 1926 and 1928 by Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann for the Parisian residence of the industrialist Louis Nicolle. Our table belonged to the cabinetmaker Jules Deroubaix, a close collaborator of Ruhlmann between 1926 and 1933, who added the folding tray in 1964. The current model presenting a simple two-sided tray as in the original.

Exhibitions

Salon des Artistes Décorateurs, Paris, 1929.

Bibliography

Emmanuel Bréon and Rosalind Pepall, eds., Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco, Montreal, 2004, pp. 30 and 39
Florence Camard, "Ruhlmann", Éditions du Regard, Paris, 1983, similar model pp. 120 and 203.
Florence Camard, "Ruhlmann", Éditions Monelle Hayot, Paris, 2009,similar model pp. 250, 282 and 312.
Pierre Kjellberg, "Art Deco, Les maitres du Mobilier", Editions de l'Amateur, Paris,1981, similar model pp. 66.
Emmanuel Bréon, "Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, les archives", Flammarion, 2004, p.78.
Raymond Foulk, "Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, exposition rétrospective", catalogue d'exposition, Foulk Lewis Collection, London, 1979, p. 20.
René Chavance, "Le XIXe Salon Des Artistes Décorateurs," Art et Décoration, July 1929, p. 10
Pierre LaHalle, L'Oeuvre de Ruhlmann sur le Paquebot 'Il de France'." Mobilier et Décoration, October 1927, p. 152 (for a related model)
Pierre Kjellberg, "Art Deco, Les maitres du Mobilier", Editions de l'Amateur, Paris,1981, similar model pp. 159.
Yvonne Brunhammer, "Les styles des années 30à 40", L'Èditions de l'Illustration - Bashet & Cie, Paris,1987, photo of the prince room, by Ruhlmann, presented at the Salon des Artistes décorateurs in 1929 with a similar model of the table, pp. 53