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French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active in the USA from 1940.

Born 4 August 1883, in Bordeaux; died 24 August 1950, in New York.

Decorative artist, architect, designer, draughtsman. Furniture.

Art Deco.

Pierre Chareau worked in France until 1939, then went to live in New York. He regularly participated in the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs in Paris. In ...

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Gordon Campbell

Italian furniture designer, sculptor and cabinetmaker, based in Turin. The extravagantly curved lines of his early furniture (e.g. ‘Scrittoio’, 1898–1900) gradually yielded to the influence of north European designs, and by the 1920s he had become Italy’s most distinguished exponent of Art Deco furniture....

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Margaret Barlow

American interior and industrial designer. Deskey gained a degree in architecture and studied painting before working in advertising. From 1922 to 1924 he was head of the art department at Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA. In 1921 and 1925 he made trips to Paris, where he attended the Ecole de la Grande Chaumière and the Académie Colarossi, before returning to New York in ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1876, in Paris; died 1955.

Painter, designer.

Art Deco.

Maurice Dufrêne was essentially an interior designer and, in his day, an important contributor to furniture design. His approach was neat and precise by comparison with the excessive ornamentation of previous periods. He exhibited in Paris at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, of which he was a member from 1909. His work also featured prominently in the decorative arts section of the Salon d'Automne and he played a major role in the organisation of the 1937 Exposition Universelle in Paris....

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1893; died 1941.

Sculptor, designer, decorative artist. Furniture.

Art Deco.

Jean-Michel Franck was one of the great decorators in France in the 1940s. The inlay work of his furniture established his fame. His work as a sculptor, however, is little documented....

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Gordon Campbell

American furniture designer, born in Austria. He emigrated to the USA in 1914 and worked first in New York and later in Los Angeles. His most famous work is his ‘skyscraper’ furniture, which first appeared in 1926; many pieces were maple, and inlaid with Bakelite (e.g. skyscraper bookcase, ...

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Veerle Poupeye

Jamaican sculptor. He was initially self-taught, but later attended the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London. He worked as a furniture-carver in the 1930s for the Jamaican Art Deco furniture designer Burnett Webster (1909–92). His own work of this period was influenced by Art Deco and by Edna Manley. Gradually it became more academic, and he became Jamaica’s most popular monumental sculptor. Among his best-known works are monuments in Kingston to Jamaica’s national heroes, including Norman Manley (...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 14 July 1887, in Nantes; died 1949.

Painter, designer, designer. Furniture.

Art Deco.

René Prou was responsible for the decoration of many luxury liners, in particular the La Fayette III, and contributed to the decoration of the Palais des Nations in Geneva and the Villa Noailles in Hyères. He was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur....

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 24 February 1882, in Paris; died 1938, in Paris.

Designer, draughtsman, designer, architect, watercolourist. Theatre decoration, furniture.

Art Deco.

Armand Rateau studied at the École Boulle from 1894 to 1898. After obtaining his diploma, he set himself up as a designer and sculptor. From ...

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French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 26 August 1869, in Paris; died 1933.

Painter, draughtsman, designer. Genre scenes, figures, landscapes. Furniture.

Art Deco.

The many drawings, landscapes, figures and caricatures that Émile Jacques Ruhlmann committed to notebooks are much admired, but his paintings are rarer. He used his talent primarily in the design and making of Art Deco furniture. He exhibited in Paris at the Salon d'Automne, and in Lyons, Strasbourg, Monaco, Ghent and Amsterdam. In ...

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Claire Brisby

French furniture designer. He was the son of a Protestant house-painter from Alsace. His early furniture, exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in 1910, displayed the rectilinear forms and fine craftsmanship that were to characterize his style. After World War I he founded with Pierre Laurent the ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1902; died 2000.

Cabinet maker, designer, painter, draughtsman. Furniture.

Art Deco.

School of Lyons.

André Sornay was very much at ease with Art Deco forms, but he also excelled in the functionalist style of the 1960s. His 'golden age' was in the 1930s when he developed a new method of assembling veneers. Sornay was one of the last Art Deco cabinet-makers, 'rediscovered' at auction in ...

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Richard Guy Wilson

American industrial designer and writer. Between 1903 and 1907 he studied at evening classes at the Art Students League in New York, while working as a sign-painter. He then worked as an advertising illustrator, in particular for Calkins & Holden, a pioneering agency that specialized in the use of art for illustrations and in advising clients on the appearance of their products. Between ...