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- Author: Florence Camard
- Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
- ISBN: 9780847857999
- Category: Antiques & Collectibles
- Page: 512
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Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann was one of the greatest and most prolific art deco interior and furniture designers. Active long before the famous Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels in Paris in 1925 (from which the name art deco derives), Ruhlmann was a tastemaker and a stylesetter working and associating with the best artists in the worlds of fashion, architecture And The decorative arts, and catering to an international clientele of diplomats, wealthy businessmen and artistocrats. Known as "The Master of Art Deco", Ruhlmann created opulent, exquisitely designed furniture, homes and showrooms For The Parisian beau monde in the twenties and thirties. Ruhlmann's pieces were designed as works of art, and even during the 1920s, one of his unique cabinets could be priced higher than the average house. His hundreds of detailed, accurate and beautiful sketches - many here reproduced - were realized in the most exacting fashion by expert craftsmen in his ateliers. In his desks, cabinets, bureaux, sideboards and tables he used rare woods; with exquisite ornamentation provided by ivory, tortoiseshell, lacquer, mirrors, silk and tooled metals. Also here included are examples of his designs for lamps, rugs, wall coverings, cigar boxes, unusually shaped beds and divans, and whole interiors - including an entire pavilion designed For The 1925 exposition. This comprehensive monograph encompasses examples from all areas of Ruhlmann's output, and includes many sketches. it will supersede the author's previous work, Ruhlmann: The Master of Art Deco, which was originally published in 1984 by Abrams and revised in 1999. The earlier books was a product of Camard's early research and study while this new book is the product of over 20 years of research into what has become the major focus of her career. She worked in closely with the Ruhlmann family, The art dealers, The collectors, And The curators in preparing the new book which she always meant to be the last word and most in depth book on the subject.