LORCIA TABLE

by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933)
France, circa 1930


30" high; 59 ¼” wide; 29 ½” long

This amboyna and bronze glass topped table was designed for and named after the French actress Gabrielle Lorcia. Ruhlmann took inspiration from and said this table was a tribute to Nicolas Ledoux, the French neoclassical architect of the second part of the 18th century, as the supports of this table show the same columns as in some of his buildings. In many ways Ruhlmann was an architect not of buildings, but of furniture, obsessed by geometry and proportion. The profile of the top, the slightly concave structure, the use of thin gilt bronze discs added at each extremity of each column, the use of a light wood and the thinnest of inlays all contribute to the deftness and lightness of design in this timeless piece of furniture.

Impressed Ruhlmann three times underneath.

Provenance:
Gabrielle Lorcia, Paris
Galerie Vallois, Paris
Collection of Genevieve & Pierre Hebey, Paris, Maitre Millon & Robert, Paris, October 28, 1999, Lot #34.

Literature:
Florence Camard, "Ruhlmann: Master of Art Deco", Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1984 , p. 152.
"Les Ruhlmann de Genevieve et Pierre Hebey", Catalogue de la vente du 28 octobre 1999, Drouot-Montaigne, Paris, Joël M. Millon & Robert Camard, p. 211 illus.
"1971 - 1996 25 Ans D'Art Deco", Galerie Vallois, Paris, 1996, p. 19 illus.
Alastair Duncan, "Art Deco Furniture", Holt, Rinehart and
Winston, New York, 1984, p. 107 illus.

Exhibition Only - Inv. #1