A top-quality French Art Deco period walnut buffet by Jules Leleu C. 1930. Four book-match veneered cabinet doors flank a central bank of five drawers, the whole raised on a shaped plinth base with brushed metal accent trim. Classic simple geometric Art Deco lines with curved side doors and stepped top surface. Original hardware / finely-crafted door hinges.
The buffet is part of an original matched dining suite consisting of the buffet, large dining table and twelve chairs. Every piece is signed / stamped ‘J.Leleu, including every chair.
Leleu studied at the Academie des Beaux-Arts with Theophile Deman and in Brussels at the Ecole Jean Goujon and at Ecole des Arts Appliques in France. After fighting in World War I, Jules returned home and opened his gallery, Maison Leleu. In 1925 he won the grand prize at the Exposition Industrielle et Arts Decoratifs. Leleu’s style transitioned from neotraditionalism of the 1920s to more simple techniques in the 1930s. In the 1940s, Jules Leleu furniture became more decorative and reinterpreted. He designed decors for French embassies, royal residences and interiors and suites for more than 20 great French oceanliners. His work continued into the 1950s-when he worked with his two children, son Andre and daughter, Paule. Jules Leleu passed in 1961 leaving a lifelong legacy of influence on French design.
115″ Wide x 24″ Deep x 38″ Tall