Raymond Subes - Wrought Iron Coffee Table
Raymond Subes - Wrought Iron Coffee Table
Raymond Subes - Wrought Iron Coffee Table
Raymond Subes - Wrought Iron Coffee Table
Raymond Subes - Wrought Iron Coffee Table

Raymond Subes - Wrought Iron Coffee Table

1930 France

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France, circa 1930

In excellent condition for its age & incredibly rare. The wonderfully detailed design exhibits a spectacular architectural flow, as you would expect from one of the 20th Century's leading designers & metalworkers. The original top is one the best Limestones you will see incorporating a superb figuration & colour. In excellent condition for its age.

Raymond Subes, as you know, is one of the most renowned French metalworkers of the Art Deco period. His notoriety as an ironworker is equal to that of Edgar Brandt. Former student of the Boulle School and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decortifs, he assisted in ushering the Art Deco style. His works included grills, staircases, and furniture. He started work in a little studio in 1916 that Robert Emile opened at Enghien-les-Bains. The ironworking studios of 131 rue de Damremont, count among the most important in all of France. The quality of execution was impeccable. The decor, typically Art Deco, marks the rising trend toward a pure style which includes stripped calligraphy, nervous with arabesques, interlacing, concentric circles, geometric motifs, and abstract motifs which are all particularly characteristic of the 1930's. In 1919, Subes entered the establishment Borderel et Robert, a major architectural construction company for metalwork, and became the Directeur General des Etablissements. He later becomes the Chef du Bureau de Dessin and then Director of the ironworking studio. Overflowing with activities, Raymond Subes exhibited a quantity of his grills, staircases, balconies, furnishings and furniture ( starting in 1919 ) at many salons and large artistic events. At the exhibition of Decorative Arts in 1925, he worked for many pavilions, notably for the Salon de l'Hotel du Collectionneur by Ruhlmann. Subes received much work through government commissions such as those for a large number of grand ocean liners including L'Ile de France in1927, L 'Atlantique in 1931, Le Normandie in 1962, Le Liberte in 1950, and Le France in 1962. He also fulfilled commissions for some banks, including the Banque de France and the National City Bank aux Champs-Elysees, the Institut Pasteur, the Caisse des Depots et Consignations, the Musee de la France d'Outre-mer ( currently the Musee des Arts d'Afrique et d'Oceanie, porte Doree in Paris ). Subes commercial work is usually unsigned and often incorporated into fixtures, making it most difficult to identify. Typically one has to use his naturalistic and fluid style as identification. Subes initial work was in wrought iron, occasionally bronze and copper. Later in his career, by the 1930s, Subes added aluminum and oxidized or lacquered steel to his materials.

Comblanchien lies in the Côte d'Or escarpment. The Jurassic limestone of the Côte includes a pink-veined marble called Pierre de Comblanchien which was laid down in the Bathonian epoch. The stone has characteristics similar to those of marble and is notable for the variety of its shades of colour, the pink of bindweed, Convolvulus and beige. Its veining harmonizes with any decorative style & contrasts beautifully with this incredible table.. Its most notable use was in l'Opéra in Paris.

Approximate Size:

Width: 35 inches
Depth: 22 inches
Height: 18.25 inches
Height 18.25 cm (7.19 inches)
Width 35.00 cm (13.78 inches)
Depth 22.00 cm (8.66 inches)
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