Armand-Albert Rateau (1882-Paris-1938), Arm Chair. Bronze, model no. 1793, the frame cast with details of scales and shells, the back and seat formed by linked medallions cast as fish and the arms formed of linked shells; Rear leg stamped '1793 PARIS A.A. RATEAU INV 86'. Courtesy DeLorenzo
This chair is one of seven known examples of the model. Six chairs were originally made for Charles and Florence Blumenthal’s New York City residence. The seventh chair, once in the possession of Madame Rateau, is now in the collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.
Provenance: George and Florence Blumenthal, New York; unknown descent, Palm Beach, Florida; Smith-Knudson, Inc., Interior Designs & Antiques, Palm Beach, Florida; George W. Headley III; The Headley-Whitney Museum, Kentucky.
Literature: Yvonne Brunhammer, 1925, Paris: Les Presses de la Connaissance, 1976, p. 88 (ill. similar model); AA Rateau exhibition catalogue, 1990, pp. 43, 54-58, and 61 (ill. similar model); Alastair Duncan, rt Deco Furniture, London 1984, p. 157, plate no. 198 (ill. similar model); Pierre Kjellberg, Le Mobilier du XXe Siècle: Dictionnaire des Créateurs, Paris 1994, p. 540 (ill. similar model); Paul Maenz, Art Deco: 1920-1940, Cologne 1974, plate no. 130, ill. similar model; Bevis Hillier, The World of Art Deco exhibition catalogue, Minneapolis 1971, cat. no. 78, p. 6, ill. similar model; Franck Olivier-Vial and Francois Rateau, Armand Albert Rateau, Paris 1992, pp. 6, 55, ill. of the Blumenthal swimming pool showing three of the chairs, pp. 56-57, 62, 69, 154; Derek Ostgergard, Art Deco Masterpieces, New York 1991, p. 71, ill. similar model; Ralph Strohle, Faszination Art Deco, Munich 1993, p. 195, ill. similar model; Elle Décoration, Musée des Arts Décoratifs: Une Renaissance, Special Supplement, Paris, 2006, cover, p. 12, ill. similar model; Dan Hofstadter, 'Curves With Verve', in Art and Antiques, October 2013, p. 58, ill. this chair.
Exhibition: Lexington, Kentucky, Headley-Whitney Museum, L’Art de A.A. Rateau, April 14-July 7, 1996
Armand-Albert Rateau (1882-Paris-1938), Pair Of Torchères. Height 170.5 cm (67.5 in.). Impressed 'A.A. Rateau. Inv. R Paris' and '1318' on standard and base.
Pair of torchères, each with an alabaster shade supported by six geese; column cast with leaves and seed pods at the top and florets and fruit at the bottom; the base comprised of four pheasants, each balancing on a small sphere; with a light switch carved as a butterfly.
From 1905 until 1919, Rateau worked in South America. These lamps were commissioned by the Guinle family for a bathroom in their Praia de Botafogo residence in Rio de Janeiro. The building later housed the Argentinian Embassy before being demolished in 1979.
Literature: Milton Abirached Filho, “Na Crise, ASaida e a Reforma,” Domingo, February 1985, p. 27 (an illustration of the lamps).
Carol Vogel, “Object Lessons,” New York Times Magazine, March 2, 1986, p. 76 (an illustration of a similar pair made for Jeanne Lanvin, now in the collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris).
Frank Olivier-Vial and François Rateau, Armand-Albert Rateau, Paris: Les Editions de L’Amateur, 1992, pp. 35-37 and 200-201 (photographs of similar lamps used in the apartment of Jeanne Lanvin and in Rateau’s apartment at 17 Quai de Conti). See also pp. 157 and 237 (illustrations of an original design for another floor lamp with similar motifs).
Alastair Duncan, AA Rateau, New York: The Delorenzo Gallery, 1990, pp. 22 and 61 (photographs of the model exhibited in 1926 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).
Yvonne Brunhammer, Le Style 1925, Paris: Baschet et Cie, n.d., p. 40 (a similar lamp made for Jeanne Lanvin, now in the collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris).
Alain Lesieutre, The Spirit and Splendour of Art Deco, Secaucus: Castle Books, 1978, p. 286, fig. 271 (similar model illustrated).
Yvonne Brunhammer, 1925, Paris: Les Presses de la Connaissance, 1976, p. 204 (similar model illustrated).
Jean-Paul Bouillon, Art Deco 1903-1940, New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1989, p. 123 (similar model illustrated)
Alexandre Noll (Reims 1890-1970 Fontenay-aux-Roses), Two-Door Cabinet, 1943. Mahogany, 91.1 x 133.4 x 62.2 cm (35. 7/8 x 52.5 x 24.5 in.).
Provenance: Private Collection, France; Jacques Lacoste, Paris; Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris; DeLorenzo 1950, New York, 2005
Literature: Image de France, La Revue des Métiers d’Art, 1943, p. 6; Roberto Aloi, L’Arredamento Moderno 1945, Milan 1945, unpaginated; Olivier Jean-Elie and Pierre Passebon, Alexandre Noll, Paris 1999, p. 27.