This French art deco “Coiffeuse” vanity is by Maurice Dufrene (1876 – 1955) and dates from the 1920’s. The vanity is clad in exotic Carpathian elm burl veneer on oak secondary wood – the vanity has two drawers and a door which opens to shelves. The top folds out and a beveled mirror stands up revealing a fabric lined locking compartment. The door has a geometric carving of ferns and flowers. The vanity was purchased from Lillian Nassau in the 1960’s and has been in the home of a world famous interior designer until now and is in excellent condition. It measures 17 ½” x 17 ½” and is 27 ¼” high. Open, it measures 25 ½” wide and is 44 1/8” high.
This one of a kind desk, bibliotheque and chair set was designed by Maurice Dufrene (1876 – 1955) for the “La Maitrise” stand for the French department store Les Galeries Lafayette at the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes,.Fully documented, this set represents an opportunity to own a piece of art deco history. The three pieces have been completely restored and are as exhibited in 1925. Dufrene, who is one of the art deco period’s major designers and historians, studied at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs and in 1904 became a founding member of the Societe des Artistes Decorateours with whom he exhibited throughout his career. In 1921 he became artistic director of “La Maitrise”.. This ensemble, called “Goncourt” is of oak and mahogany decorated with ebony and purple heart wood. The desk top and chair seat are in black leather and the center bookcase door is beveled glass. The desk measures 55” x 29” x 29” high, the bookcase is 64” x 17” x 64” high. The chair is 29” high.
This original vintage French art deco stone lithographic poster was designed by Maurice Dufrene (1876 - 1955). The poster advertises the 1930 opening an operetta by Manuel Rosenthal, titled “Rayon Des Soleries”. In addition to the poster, Dufrene also designed the sets and costumes for the operetta. The poster was printed by Chaix, Paris and is in excellent condition. It is presented in an ebonized wood frame and is 56” high and 41” wide overall