A set of eight Macassar ebony framed tub shaped dining chairs designed by Ruhlmann
Lot 233
Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, circa 1924-33 A Set of Eight Macassar Ebony and Upholstered Dining Chairs
Sold for £10,800 (US$ 18,152) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, circa 1924-33
A Set of Eight Macassar Ebony and Upholstered Dining Chairs
the curved upholstered backs and padded arms above stuffover seats on tapered front legs and slightly outswept back legs (8)
76cm high, 61cm wide

Footnotes

  • Provenance:

    T.Lyddon Gardener (1910-1969), the Chairman and Managing Director of Yardley Cosmetics.
    Thence by descent to the present vendor.

    The lot being offered here is not stamped with either the 'Ruhlmann' facsimile signature or atelier stamps. The Musee des Annes 30 has confirmed that Ruhlmann's work for commercial rather than private clients was often not stamped or marked. Gardner is likely to have acquired the chairs for himself at the time one of the two Yardley showroom commissions (1924 and 1933) or they may have been removed from the showroom at some point. The present vendor has confirmed that Gardner did have items of Ruhlmann furniture that had been specifically designed for product display in his own home during the 1950's and 1960's and may have been part of the original furnishings in his Paris apartment. In 1936 Gardner moved to an impressive modernist house at 39 Weymouth Street London, W1.

    Please see 'The Architect and Building News' 10 April, 1936, for illustrated photographs of the pieces at the above address and Bonhams sale, 11272, 'Design 1860-1945', Lots 210-214, 11 November 2004.
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