Jules Cayette

There is no doubt that Jules Cayette has his place among the great names of the Ecole de Nancy. Born in 1882, he studied at the town’s Beaux-Arts and at the same time completed an apprenticeship at Swartz. This training enabled him to meet many enriching artists such as Victor Prouvé, Grüber, Daum, Amalric Walter and Eugène Vallin.

The young decorator regularly exhibited at the Société des Amis des Arts and his reputation was gradually strengthened by flourishing orders from a prestigious clientele. He will realize for her real tailor-made interior and exterior decoration.

Cayette’s genius lies in his extraordinary adaptability: the artist manages to cover many styles through a breathtaking range of creations. Both domestic and commercial furniture, sometimes even religious, interest the artist’s awakened spirit, who leaves his mark by working with all kinds of materials: hammered wrought iron, tinted glass or inlaid and moulded rosewood is adorned with floral motifs and bronze decorations.

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The excellence of his work and the sensitive influence of Vallin, whom he considered his master and whose workshop was adjacent to his own, allowed Cayette to develop a transitional style that was very personal to him. He would later embrace the Art Deco style, which he inked in Nancy with a very varied production.

Cayette's furniture appears exceptionally in our auctions. However, the rarity and quality of the few pieces entrusted to us have rekindled collectors' interest in remarkable furniture and lighting signed by the artist's hand.
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