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Eugène Gaillard Walnut and Mahogany Dining Suite


This French Art Nouveau dining suite, by Eugène Gaillard, consists of a carved French walnut table with two matching leaves, and eight mahogany chairs with sinuously carved backs and seats upholstered in green fabric. The table has decorative carving spaced around the apron and graciously-carved legs. When the table is closed, without leaves, the central legs resemble a pedestal. The curved carving on the chairs' legs echoes the style of the table legs. Sold exclusively as a matching set.

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Artist: Eugène Gaillard
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 29.5" height, 65" width (closed), 95" width (with one finished leaf), 45.5" depth (table); 37" height (each of eight chairs)
Materials: French walnut, Mahogany, Upholstery
Provenance: Félix Marcilhac, Paris 1978; Barbara and Lloyd Macklowe, New York, Macklowe Gallery Ltd.
Literature: Dining suite pictured in Art Nouveau Bing Paris Style of 1900, by Gabriel Weisberg, p. 179, 205, 224; Dining suite also pictured in Art Nouveau Style, by Laurence Buffet Challie, p. 39; Dining suite also pictured in The Paris Salons 1895-1914, Vol. III: Furniture, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1996, pp. 209-210

Eugène Gaillard turned to the natural form of water plants, like water lily pads, to inspire the curved forms and organic fullness of the carving on the suite.