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École de Nancy Mahogany and Leather Writing Desk


This French Art Nouveau mahogany École de Nancy writing desk, features a hand-tooled leather top, letter rack, and bronze drawer pulls with a floral motif. The rounded, sinuous lines of the piece soften the rigidity of its overall form, creating a lovely balance of decoration and pure functionality, as everyone desires in a writing desk.


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Item #: F-12005
Artist: École de Nancy
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 36.5" height, 46" width, 25.5" depth
Materials: Mahogany wood, Leather, Bronze

École de Nancy was a group of Art Nouveau artisans and designers working in Nancy, France between 1890 and 1914. Major figures included the furniture designer Louis Majorelle, ebenist and glass artist Jacques Grüber, the glass and furniture designer Émile Gallé, and the crystal manufacture of Daum Nancy. Their work was largely inspired by floral and vegetal forms found in the region. The goal of the group was to produce in series ordinary objects, such as furniture, glassware, and pottery, with fine craftsmanship and in original forms, making art objects available for people's homes.