Japanese style tea table by Louis Majorelle (1859-1926)

Fine and rare two-tray tea table with inlaid lacquer decorations in the Japanese style by Louis Majorelle. This tiny piece of furniture inspired by the oriental arts is very simple and decorated with birds, mountains, boats, bamboos, and both trays are circled with edges in an openwork design. Lacquer decorations are of very high quality and the fact that there are some inlaid elements, like the birds' eyes, proves the authenticity of this unsigned piece of Majorelle's work from the end of the XIXth century. Similar lacquer decorations are represented on Auguste Majorelle's earthenwares held at the Museum of Arts and History of Toul. From 1879 on, Louis Majorelle, who was in charge of the family business, kept on selling pieces of furnitures inspired by the gothic style, Louis XV style, Louis XVI style, or Oriental style manufactured by his brothers. This tea table belongs to this stage of production.

About the artist

Louis Majorelle (Born in Toul September 26th, 1859 - Died in Nancy January, 15th, 1926) was a french industrialist, cabinet-maker and decorator.
In 1861, his father Auguste Majorelle (1825 - 1879) who was himself a deigner and manufacturer of furniture, moved with his family from Toul to Nancy. There Louis finished his initial studies before going to Paris in 1877 for two years in the prestigious Paris School of fine arts under sculptor Aimé Millet's iron rule.His father Auguste owned a ceramic, furniture and decoration shop in Nancy which he extended until his death. On the 8th of april 1885, Louis Majorelle married Marie Léonie Jane Kretz (later surnamed Jika), daughter of the head of the Nancy Theatre. Their only child Jacques Majorelle became the orientalist painter of the Atlas, he was born march 7th of 1886 in Nancy. A dozen years after Louis took over the company , he extended and modernized the manufacturing workshops by tooling them up with modern machines, added in 1897 a wrought iron workshop and extended the shop opened in Nancy. Brought to the Art Nouveau by Emile Gallé in 1894, Majorelle became a founding member of the School of Nancy in february 1901, also known as the Provincial alliance of the art industries composed by a group of artists, architects, art critics and industrialists from Lorraine. These people decided to work together in the field of the Art Nouveau. Led by Emile Gallé (until he died in 1904 and then by Victor Prouvé), they gathered for several reasons, notably in order to maintain a high level of quality in the Decorative arts in the area where most of the manufacturers inhabited.

Museums :
Museum of Orsay, Paris, France
Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris , France
Museum of the School of Nancy, France
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

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Height : 29.5 in
Width : 30.3 in
Depth : 17.3 in

Time 1890
Origin Nancy, France
Materials Natural wood and lacquer decorations
Reference Table-Majorelle215
Japanese style tea table by Louis Majorelle (1859-1926)

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