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French Art Deco Dining Table in Palisander by Jules Leleu
Outstanding French Art Deco Table by Maker Jules Leleu with Intricate Double Column Pedestals with Bronze trim. Top is heavily grained with dual, curved and finely detailed, pinstripe for the full perimeter; the centre area has Diamond shaped Parquetry with Flower and Fruit Marquetry highlights within. An amazing amount of labour was used to create just the top surface. The outer lower top perimeter has a scalloped skirt with a curved and lipped edge; and below are the Columns, each formed with 3 interconnected vertical cylinders , with multiple steps at base plus Brass highlights and triple feet at the floor level. No expense was spared to create this table. A custom glass top is included with the table. Dimensions approx.: 170cm long x 95cm wide x 74.5cm high. France
Jules-Emile Leleu (1883 – 1961) was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer. After studying in the Ecole d’arts appliqués Saint Gildas of Bruxelles, Jules Leleu entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of his native city, where he received drawing and sculpture lessons, which would provide him an intimate knowledge of the materials he would later use for his furniture. In 1910, Jules and his brother Marcel became the head of the family business of house painting. They only began making furniture after WWI and these were essentially reproduction of antique pieces. In 1920, they opened their first workshop in Boulogne.
In 1922, the Leleu brothers entered the Parisien scene by exhibiting at the Salon de la Société des Artistes français where they displayed a cabinet praised by critics and reproduced in Art et Décoration. During the same year they exhibited a dining room suite at the Salon d’Automne. The Leleu firm then abandoned the simple satisfaction of a bourgeois and local clientele to focus on the realization of luxury sets for the wealthy elite and creating only modern designs. In 1923, the French state bought a chest of drawers, an armchair and a little table.