A French Art Nouveau two-tier wooden pedestal by Louis Majorelle, featuring a triangular top, a clover-shaped second tier and three sinuous, carved supports. A similar table is pictured in "Majorelle - Nancy: décorations d''intérieurs: meubles, tentures, bronzes, ferronneries" (the 1906 Majorelle catalogue).
A triangular French Art Nouveau table by Louis Majorelle. This two-tiered triangular table is made of mahogany. Its carved legs are finished with gilt bronze sabots. A similar table is pictured in: "The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. III: Furniture," by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1996, p. 413 (Pedestals, La Société des Artistes Décoratuers, 1910).
A French Art Nouveau pedestal table by Louis Majorelle. The circular two tier table in beech and walnut wood features carved vegetal motifs in bas-relief. Both the table top and the lower shelf are made of beautifully grained wood.
A French Art Nouveau walnut three-tiered pedestal by Louis Majorelle, featuring a rotating tray on the top. Leaves and berries adorn the upper portion of the legs. The gently curving legs are also deeply carved. Firmly rooted in the craft of woodwork and furniture-making, Louis Majorelle''s furniture subtly recalled the splendors of furniture from the 1700''s. Majorelle often ornamented his pieces with gracefully-sculpted sumptuous organic natural forms, like the grape bunches featured here. Using a new vocabulary of natural motifs and flowing lines of Art Nouveau, Majorelle''s furniture merged old and new in a tantalizing way. The sinuous natural forms of his works, like those sumptuous accents, were inspired by the C-scrolls of the Louis XV era. In an age when France was still humiliated by the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, and when luxury production in other countries was threatening the cultural hegemony the French saw as their birthright, Majorelle''s ability to suggest the nation''s glory days was paramount. Pictured in, "Louis Majorelle, Master of Art Nouveau Design," by Alastair Duncan, 1991, p. 202.
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