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Jacques-Emile RUHLMANN (1879-1933)

By his unusual personality and by the incomparable quality of his work, Ruhlmann dominated the entire Art Deco period; he personifies the style of 1925 and was also one of its promoters.

Back in 1913, his first works already expressed the mastery of form, the rigor of lines, the moderation of decoration and the impeccable execution of completion that would be the hallmark of his fame.

It has become commonplace, a propos Ruhlmann, to speak about the “1925 Riesener.” It is true that his work is part of the great tradition of French furniture.

Working with the most renowned architects of his time, Ruhlmann received many commissioned orders from the State.  He designed interior decorations and furniture for the Elysee Palace and for the National Assembly.

Ruhlmann died in full glory in 1933. His nephew, Alfred Porteneuve, who had ssisted Ruhlmann for several years, founded his own decoration enterprise and comopleted his uncles’s outstanding orders.
Cf. P. KJELLBERG, Art Déco, Les maîtres du mobilier, Le décor des paquebots, Ed. de l’Amateur, Paris, 2000, p. 207-219

Pair of “Listel” chairs

Jacques-Emile RUHLMANN

Desk « Damovale » model

Jacques-Emile RUHLMANN

Cabinet

Jacques-Emile RUHLMANN