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Louis Majorelle Gilt Walnut "Aux Pins" Vitrine

This gilt vitrine "aux pins" by Louis Majorelle is a masterpiece in Art Nouveau design. The gilt finish and simplicity of line that unifies the piece lend it a refined elegance, making it the perfect frame for carefully selected objets d’art. Louis Majorelle’s father Auguste had specialized in 18th-century style furniture, including the chinoiserie so loved in the court of Louis XVI. Louis Majorelle experimented with the pine motif at the same time as Rene Lalique. Both looked to East Asian Art for inspiration. In East Asian culture, the pine was a symbol of longevity used to celebrate court officials and emperors.

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Item #: F-20498
Artist: Louis Majorelle
Country: France
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 78.125" height, 29.5" width, 14.0625" depth
Materials: Gilt Wood, Glass, Fabric
Literature: A similar vitrine is pictured in: Louis Majorelle: Master of Art Nouveau Design, by Alastair Duncan, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1991, p. 45.

The pine cones, which appear in appealing naturalistic detail here, were a favorite and recurring motif in Louis Majorelle's naturalist vocabulary. In Daoist philosophy, the pine represented "the moral character of the virtuous man.”