Provenance Acquired directly from the artist in 1988
In turns an interior designer, antique dealer and trompe l'oeil artist, André Dubreuil was introduced to the world of furniture design through a shared commission with Tom Dixon at Rococo chocolate shop in London's Kings Road.
"I threw my paint brush away and bought a welder" he states, with the resulting furniture a refreshing antidote to the harsh minimalism which was currently en vogue. The Ram chair, made both with and without arms, exhibits Dubreuil's diverse influences, its stately baroque silhouette contrasting with the hard steel of its elegant structure. Dubreuil's love of 18th and 19th Century French furniture is evident in much of his work, which is now produced to order in his French workshop.
Dubreuil exhibited with Tom Dixon, Mark Brazier-Jones and Nick Jones in the second Creative Salvage exhibition held at the Cuts Gallery in June 1985 and shared a studio with Tom and Mark in Beethoven Street, West London.
For a discussion of the Rococo Commission see Gareth Williams and Nick Wright, Cut and Shut The History of Creative Salvage, London, pp. 102-103.