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Swiss, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 31 July 1863, in Rolle (Vaud); died 1948, in Lausanne.

Painter, engraver, decorative artist. Figure compositions, figures, portraits. Murals, designs for stained glass, furniture.

Art Nouveau.

Ernest Bieler was the uncle of André Charles Bieler. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Jules Lefebvre and Gustave Boulanger. He divided his time between the mountainous regions of the Valais and the shores of Lake Geneva; his body of work evokes the everyday life of the peasant communities in the Valais and the Canton of Vaud at the beginning of the twentieth century. Bieler was commissioned to paint compositions for the ceiling of the Victoria hall in Geneva; decorative panels and windows for the federal government building in Bern; stained glass windows for the Vevey church of St-Martin; and decorations for the vintners' festival. Additionally, he exhibited woodcut engravings and designed furniture....

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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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Polish, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1866, in Lubaczów; died 1924, in Cracow.

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator, decorative artist, ceramicist, sculptor, designer. Portraits, genre scenes, landscapes. Furniture.

Symbolism, Art Nouveau.

Debicki studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna from 1881 to 1884, then in Munich, Paris, Lemberg (now Lviv, Ukraine) and Cracow. He first settled in Lemberg and began teaching 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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Austrian, 20th century, male.

Born 3 April 1887, in Sankt-Michael, near Salzburg; died 16 April 1923, in Mödling, near Vienna.

Painter, designer, architect, designer. Designs for wallpapers, jewels, ceramics, fabrics and glass, furniture.

Art Nouveau.

Wiener Werkstätte group.

The brother of Ernst Peche, Dagobert Peche received his architectural training from Friedrich F. Ohmann at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna. In Vienna he produced fabric designs for the decoration firms of Johann Backhausen, Philipp Haas, the Wiener Porzellanmanufaktur Böck, the Vereinigte Wiener und Gmunder Keramik. In ...

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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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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 ...