ca. 1925
Decorative Arts
Furniture and Furnishings
rosewood, sharksin, mother-of-pearl, replacement fabric
Overall: 36 1/2 × 17 × 20 1/2 in. (92.71 × 43.18 × 52.07 cm)
Clément Rousseau was one of the most prolific designers of the Art Deco period, but examples of his work are rare. A student of sculpture and furniture design, his work was displayed regularly at exhibitions in Paris during the 1920s. Although at first glance these chairs look identical, their backs are in fact different in design. The stylized flower petals, volutes, sunray patterns, and frames are of dyed-green and natural-gray shagreen (sharkskin). Sharkskin, which was a very strong material, was a favorite of Rousseau and other Art Deco designers.
Inscribed (inside front of seat support): Clement Rousseau
Inscribed (inside front of seat support): Clement Rousseau
Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis
Shifman, Barry. Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco: Selections from the Sydney and Frances Lewis Decorative Arts Galleries at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2015. p. 174-175.

Frederick R. Brandt, Late 19th and Early 20th Century Decorative Arts. The Sydney and Frances Lewis Collection in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmodn, 1985,pp. 180-181, no. 70;

"Salle de Ventes: Conseils aux Acheteurs," Connaissance des Arts, July 1972, p. 82;

Gerald Schurr, " Collecting," Realities, Oct. 1972, pp. 8-10;

Gerald Schurr, "Le Mobilier des Annees 25," Petit lexique des principaux ornemanistes, Gazette de l'Hotel Drouot, Jan. 1973, p. 9;

Alastair Duncan, Art Deco Furniture, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, NY, 1984, p. 104, illus. pl. 50;

Alastair Duncan, Art Deco Complete, Thames & Hudson, London, 2009, p. 478;

Sarah Morgan, Art Deco. The European Style, Arlington Press, 1990;

Pierre Kjellberg, Art Deco. Les Maitres du Mobilier, p. 152;

Evelyne Posseme, Le Mobilier Francais 1910-1930, Editions Massin, Paris, p. 89;

Susan Sternau, Art Deco. Flights of Artistic Fancy, Smithmark, 1997, pp. 42-43;

Noel Riley, The Elements of Design, Free Press, NY, 2003, p. 355, fig. 1;

Kathryn Hiesinger and George Marcus, Landmarks of Twentieth-Centuy Design, Abbeville Press, NY, 1993, p. 96, no. 105;

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