A Shagreen Column Lamp

A Shagreen Column Lamp

c. 1925 France

Offered by Mallett & Son (Antiques) Ltd

£12,500 gbp
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A fine quality Art Deco column lamp veneered in green shagreen with ivory stringing.

Now having a modern vellum shade.

Height of column: 16in (41cm)

Clément Rousseau, (b. Saint-Maurice-la-Fougereuse, (Deux-Sèvres), November 1872, d. Neuilly-sur-Seine, November 1950).

Rousseau devoted himself to sculpture at first before designing and making furniture and decorative objects from around 1912. His work expressed a very individual interpretation of the 18th and early 19th century styles. He worked in a traditional and constrained format from which he explored his own imagination and fantasies, employing innovatively both rare and precious materials such as shagreen, ivory and leather. He also showed masterful skill in incorporating different veneers and marquetry in exotic woods such as Macassar ebony, purpleheart and palmwood amongst others. These materials were harmoniously juxtaposed, often in contrasting light with dark tones - all executed with great attention to detail. Despite his talent he was little known and not prolific. In around 1925 he was involved in the decoration and furnishing of the studio at Neuilly of Jacques Doucet. In the same year he exhibited at the gallery Charpentier in Paris - items of furniture, candelabra and standard-lamps, chests and caskets, mantel clocks, bonbonnières, and mirror and picture frames covered in coloured shagreen. Limited in quantity and executed in an individual and highly finished manner, Rousseau's works, have been increasingly sought-after by collectors since the 1960's. Literature: 'Le Mobilier du XXe Siècle', Pierre Kjellberg, publ. Les Editions de l'amateur. Paris, 1994.
Height 26.00 inch (66.04 cm)
Width 7.10 inch (18.03 cm)
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