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Edouard Colonna Mahogany Side Table


This mahogany side table, with carved decoration in an abstract curvilinear vegetal motif, is a classically French Art Nouveau piece by Edouard Colonna. While he occasionally started with a carved floral motif, Colonna abstracted nature to create the impression of a flower bud or bloom, held within a carefully-constructed geometric scheme. This signature design scheme is evident in the delicate carvings ornamenting each leg of the table, and in the overall rhythm of the piece.


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Item #: F-15517
Artist: Edouard Colonna
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 31.5" diameter, 24" height
Materials: Mahogany wood
Literature: Similar side table pictured in The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. III: Furniture, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1996, p. 109

Along with Louis Comfort Tiffany, Edouard Colonna was one of the main designers who worked for renowned art dealer, Siegfried Bing, and who, under Bing's guidance, was responsible for the creation of what is known today as the Modern Style, or Art Nouveau. Colonna is remembered for his tasteful elegance and his use of abstract forms to create a graceful linear rhythm and dynamic intertwining lines. Colonna furniture, jewelry, and designs for small objects would grow steadily to become the backbone of Bing's business.