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Louis Majorelle "Aux Nénuphars" Two-Tier Table


This two-tiered mahogany and tamarind wood table, adorned with gilt bronze water lilies—hence the French name, "Aux Nénuphars"—from Louis Majorelle offers a beautifully succinct and organic composition that mirrors not only the shape, but the delicacy, of the lily pads, vines, and blooms that adorn its junctures. The organic shape and rounded dip in each of the table's double tiered planes mimics the appearance of a water lily suspended in water, creating a beautiful cohesion in the design. The works by Majorelle that feature gilt bronze accents, like this one, were produced by his team of highly skilled craftsman with the utmost attention to detail, and are widely considered the most exceptional and collectible of the artist's oeuvre.


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Item #: F-18208
Artist: Louis Majorelle
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 30" height, 23" diameter
Materials: Mahogany wood, Tamarind wood, Bronze ormolu mounts
Literature: Similar table pictured in The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. III: Furniture, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1996, p. 382; Similar table also pictured in Majorelle - Nancy: décorations d'intérieurs: meubles, tentures, bronzes, ferronneries (the 1906 Majorelle catalogue)

Known as the master furniture maker of the Art Nouveau style, Louis Majorelle was the recipient of the Grand Prize at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair and won international acclaim at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900. He remains among the most sought after designers of the early 20th century, and is considered the most celebrated of the Nancy Art Nouveau artists.