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Clément MERE (1861-1940)

He first painted landscapes after having studied in the workshop of Gerome, then he designed models for binders, embroideries and Art Nouveau objects.

Around 1900, he joined la Maison Moderne of Meier Graefe.

Beginning in 1910, at the Salon des Artistes Decorateurs (Salon of Design Artists), he presented some small furnishings and a quantity of objects, trinkets, boxes and cabinets which already undeniably belonged to the Art Deco style.

Without a doubt, the Far East influenced his engraved ivory plaques as well as his leather work, tinted and hammered in relief (repousse), decorated with dense and shimmering floral motifs, and in contrasting tonalities typical of his manner.

Cf. P. KJELLBERG, Art Déco, Les maîtres du mobilier, Le décor des paquebots, Ed. de l’Amateur, Paris, 2000, p. 168 to 170.