Corner Cabinet

Oak cabinet black and white flower vase design on door

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  • Oak cabinet black and white flower vase design on door

Date:

c. 1916

Artist:

Designed by Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann
French, 1879-1933
Paris, France

About this artwork

This sumptuously veneered corner cabinet is arguably a signature piece of the Art Deco era. The term Art Deco, used since the 1960s to refer to the high-style interiors of the years between the two world wars, is derived from the title of the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. This cabinet’s triangular form, with its serpentine door, is supported on short, fluted legs that are shod with ivory on the two front feet and terminate at the knees with a scroll flourish. Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann employed ebony and ivory to depict the large urn from which an abundance of stylized flowers and leaves cascades, overflowing the limits of the container to form a black-and-white oval that contrasts with the warm tone of the amboyna wood.

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European Decorative Art

Artist

Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann

Title

Corner Cabinet

Origin

France

Date

1911–1921

Medium

Oak, mahogany, amboyna, ebony, and ivory veneer

Dimensions

50 1/8 × 32 5/8 in × 20 1/2 in. (127.3 × 82.9 × 52.1 cm)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mrs. James W. Alsdorf, Mrs. T. Stanton Armour, Mrs. DeWitt W. Buchanan, Jr., Mrs. Henry M. Buchbinder, Quinn E. Delaney, Mrs. Harold T. Martin, Manfred Steinfeld, Mrs. Edgar J. Uihlein, Mrs. T. Stanton Armour, Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Delaney, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Krehbiel and Mrs. Eric Oldberg funds; Mrs. Pauline S. Armstrong, Harry and Maribel G. Blum, Richard T. Crane, Jr. Memorial, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Krehbiel, Mary Waller Langhorne, and European Decorative Arts endowments; through prior acquisitions of The Antiquarian Society, European Decorative Arts Purchase Fund, Howard Van Doren Shaw and Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1997.694

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