Louis Majorelle

Born in 1859, Louis Majorelle is a very influential French cabinetmaker in the Art Nouveau of the Ecole de Nancy. Heir to the family business, he began his creations by copying Louis XV furniture, then he quickly discovered the work of Gallé, which enabled him to forge furniture with a new spirit.

Majorelle skillfully takes up the naturalist theme of the Gallé glassworks to lay it on his furniture in a style all his own: fauna and flora are intermingled in a remarkable work of wood and marquetry. A forge workshop that he creates accompanies her in the line of his carpentry work to complete it harmoniously with details.

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The glass is acid-decorated with foliage, the wood is inlaid with floral motifs, while the gilded bronze adopts the shapes of stems and flowers of all kinds to form luxurious tables, lamps, desks and armchairs. His furniture evolves by simplifying itself. For the Universal Exhibition of 1900, the decorator opts for a refined work which is a great success. From this turning point, Louis Majorelle decided to produce his works in series, in collaboration with the great glassmakers of his time. The art market is irrigated on an international scale by the rich furniture production of the artist, whose works we regularly present at each of our decorative art auctions.
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