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Pair of “Gonse” armchairs, model no. 278 NR, Ca. 1930-1932 – Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
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Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann\nPair of “Gonse” armchairs, model no. 278 NR\nca. 1930-1932\nLacquered wood, fabric.\nEach: 29 × 42 × 45 1/4 in. (73.7 × 106.7 × 114.9 cm.)\nUnderside of one frame branded with “Ruhlmann” (2).
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year

Ca. 1930-1932

notes

In his sketchbook dated 1915, Ruhlmann explored the concept of a low lounge chair whose arms sweep down in a continuous curve to form the rear legs, as in the present model. Only three examples of the “Gonse” armchair produced in black lacquer are known to exist, including the present pair as well as a single example sold at Christie’s New York on June 1, 2004.

title

Pair of “Gonse” armchairs, model no. 278 NR

medium

Lacquered wood, fabric.

signed

Underside of one frame branded with “Ruhlmann” (2).

creator

Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

condition

An exceptional pair of chairs in overall very good condition. Lacquer at some point has possibly had a gentle professional polish and bears minor shallow scratches, consistent with age and gentle use and most heavily concentrated at feet and on front base. Right-facing side of one chair with a concentrated area of small pen tip-sized scratches to lacquer, measuring 2 1/2 in. long, which is only visible upon close inspection, and adjacent to a 1/8 in. nick to lacquer on top of arm. Both chairs have been professionally reupholstered. The underside of one chair has exposed area of wood with faint indechiperable Ruhlmann branded mark, which is in the same general area as the other branded chair.

dimensions

Each: 29 × 42 × 45 1/4 in. (73.7 × 106.7 × 114.9 cm.)

literature

Leon Moussinac, Croquis de Ruhlmann, Paris, 1924, pl. 31 for a design sketch; Curtis Moffat, “Furniture and Hangings,” The Studio Year Book, Decorative Art,London, 1931, p. 82; Raymond Foulk, Centenary Exhibition Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, London, 1979, pl. 27 for a similar example; Pierre Kjellberg, Les Maîtres du Mobilier ArtDeco, Paris, 1981, p. 163; Florence Camard, Ruhlmann: Master of Art Deco, New York, 1984, pp. 159, 216 for a design sketch and 261; Philippe Garner, “Chow Wow,” House and Garden, May 1988, pp. 168–169; Emmanuel Breon, Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, the Designer’s Archives, Furniture, Paris, 2004, pp. 103 and 107 for an archive sketch

provenance

Private collection, Paris, ca. 1930; Private collection, Paris, 1980s; DeLorenzo Gallery, New York, 1988; Private Midwest collection


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