French [1883 - 1961]
Jules Leleu was born in Bologne-sur-Mer, France and at age 26 succeeded his father in the family painting business. With his brother he began work in the Decorating field. After World War I, Leleu specialized in furniture making. He opened a Paris gallery in 1924 and exhibited at the 1925 Exposition Industrielle et Arts Decoratifs. Leleu designed the Grand Salon of the Ambassadors at the Society of Nations in Geneva and the French Embassies of several nations. He contributed furnishings for numerous steamships in the 1930's.
Jules Leleu designed this finely crafted French art deco center table. Constructed of limed oak with a top of “sunburst” book matched veneer. The table has four legs with a draped central portion and bronze feet. Two pairs of oak “speed lines” decorate each leg. The table is 27 ¼” in diameter and 21 ½” high.
This set of six French art deco dining chairs was designed by Jules Leleu in the 1930’s. the high back chairs were one of Leleu’s enduring and recognizable designs and incorporate several of his design motifs such as the indentation at the top front of the saber legs and the rounded knob where the chair back meets the seat. The mahogany frame is in high gloss and seats and backs are covered in Alcantara suede. The chairs are 20” wide x 19” deep and 42” high.
This living room set consisting of one sofa and two armchairs is by Jules Leleu (1883 – 1961) and was created in the 1930’s. The elegantly curved palissandre arm fronts terminate in saber feet with bronze sabots. The rear saber feet and trim are also palissandre. The body, box arms and loose seat cushions are covered in butterscotch colored fine calfskin. Each chair measures 36” wide x 35” deep and is 34” high. The sofa measures 80” wide, 35” deep and is 34” high.
This French art deco sideboard was designed by Jules Leleu (1883-1961). A black marble top containing white and gold inclusions trimmed with a bronze edge sits atop a two drawer, three door macassar ebony cabinet. Bronze pulls, fittings and feet compliment the look. The sideboard measures 78 ¾” wide x 38 ½” high and 19 ½” deep.
This French art deco vitrine dates from the 1930’s and was designed by Jules Leleu (1883-1961). The body is of macassar ebony veneers, ebonized wood with brass trim and fittings. The vitrine features a sycamore interior with glass shelf and measures 35-1/2” wide x 16” deep and is 51-3/4” high.
This set of ten French Art Deco dining chairs was designed by Jules Leleu (1883-1961). The chairs have saber front legs and splay rear legs and have their original leather upholstery. They measure 19” wide and 19” deep and are 34-1/2” high. The chairs are original to the Leleu table below, but are also sold separately.
This French art deco dining table was designed by Jules Leleu (1883-1961) in 1931. Constructed of macassar ebony veneers with gilt bronze feet and trim. The table measures 71” x 40” and is 29” high and is dated 1931. When the two 18” leaves are added, the table is 107” long.
This French art deco Palissandre (Rosewood) vitrine by Jules Leleu (1883 – 1961) is from the 1930’s and features a top compartment with two sliding glass doors and a glass shelf. A lower compartment has two wood doors with inlay marquetry and bronze fittings and keys. The interior is finished in blond sycamore. The vitrine measures 19” deep x 39” wide x 51” high.
The genius of Jules Leleu (French), 1883-1961, at its best! This is the most exciting Leleu sideboard we’ve ever had for sale. Sitting on an African rosewood base with gold leafed bronze sabots and trim this French art deco sideboard features intricate Palissandre veneers in diamond and square shapes with mother of pearl dots in the center. The two pillars have inlays of squirrels, butterflies, flowers, stars and leaves. The center two doors open to reveal a shelf with two drawers and the side doors cover a shelf each, with detail marquetry on the shelf fronts. The sideboard is further accented by ebonized wood trim and measures 90 ¾” long x 20” deep and is 38” high.
A set of eight very elegant French art deco dining chairs designed by Jules Leleu (1883 - 1961). The frames are in mahogany stained beech with their original red vinyl upholstery and comfortable sprung seats. Each chair measuring 18" wide x 19" deep and standing 41" high.
This French art deco sofa and chairs set was designed by Jules Leleu (1883 - 1961). The wood is finished in cream lacquer and the pieces are upholstered in eggplant suede leather. The sofa measures 69" wide x 27" deep x 31" high. The chairs measure 26" wide x 27" deep and 31" high.
This French art deco 1930's dining table was designed by Jules Leleu. Constructed of African rosewood and African rosewood veneers, the table features basket weave marquetry top and pull out extensions on each end to accommodate "tablecloth" leaves. The table measures 36 ½ wide x 66" and stands 30" high.
A Jules Leleu art deco coffee table with Palissandre veneer top and solid palissandre legs. The top in 3 ½ squares of alternating grain with inlaid ivory dots. Fitted with a bronze guard rail around the top and bronze sabots. The table measures 29" in diameter and is 21" high.
This spectacular French art deco game table was designed by Jules Leleu in the 1930's. From the starburst rosewood veneer top which swivels and opens to reveal a blond playing surface to the delicate cross-band marquetry on the corners of the bronze sabots on the feet. This exceptional table measures 37 ½ x 23 ½ (47" open) by 29" high.
A fine bronze and etched glass table by Jules Leleu. The supports and fittings are of two colors of bronze. The original etched glass top features a face in a sunburst motif with gold highlights surrounded by stylized Fleur de Lys. The table measures 30" in diameter and is 19 ½ high.
This is a spectacular art deco sideboard by Jules Leleu. The exterior is wonderfully grained macassar ebony. The two outer doors open to reveal an interior with two adjustable sycamore shelves with inlaid fronts. The two center doors are inlaid with macassar ebony in a "basket weave" pattern and this is further inlaid in a flowing leaf design in fruitwood with Mother of Pearl flowers. Behind the two center doors is another sycamore interior with a shelf supporting two drawers. The whole rests on macassar legs with bronze sabots. There are bronze details and bronze trim around a 1 ½ marble top. The whole measures 95" long x 20 ½ deep x 40" high.
This small Jules Leleu art deco coffee table dates from the 1930's and features a metal clad wood base with three elegant legs. The glass top is original and features a mirrored center. Measures 25 ½ diameter x 18" high.
This art deco ceiling light is from the Ile de France and matches the sconces above. It too, was designed by Jules Leleu. The light measures 28" long x 13" wide and drops 5" from the ceiling. It is in excellent condition and has been rewired for American electricity
The Ile de France, one of the most deco of all the French Transatlantic steamships had its maiden voyage in 1927. Its interior was gutted in 1941 for conversion as a troop ship. In 1947, after the war, it was redecorated and put into luxury service again. Thirty prestigious French decorating firms were assigned to the 1926 decoration of the ship's interior. Jules Leleu won the contract for the Salon de Lecture. When the ship was refitted in 1947 for its 1949 return to service, Leleu was again chosen to decorate, among other areas, the Salon de Lecture. These four sconces and the following ceiling light are from the Salon de Lecture on the Ile de France. The sconces are bronze with concave frosted glass panels and twisted clear glass rods. All are in excellent condition and have been rewired for American electricity. The sconces measure 33" high and are 7 ½" wide. They can be purchased as a set of four or as a pair.
A French Art Deco Color Woodcut from the 1930s of a wallpaper design by Jules Leleu (1883-1961) The design is of floral arabesques. The print measures 12” x 9-1/4.
This pair of French art deco carpets was designed by Jules Leleu (1883 – 1961) in the 1940’s. The hand knotted wool rugs feature a series of arabesques in white displayed on a rust colored ground. The rugs measure 55 ½” x 28 ½” and are in excellent condition.