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Tea Table, from the Dining Room of the Hôtel Guimard, Paris, France

Designer
Hector Guimard, French, 1867–1942
Maker
Ateliers d'Art et de Fabrication, Paris, France, c.1897–1914
Date
1907
Material
Pearwood, gilded bronze, and glass
Made in
Paris, Île-de-France, France, Europe
Classification
Furniture
Current Location
On View, Gallery 135
Dimensions
33 x 35 x 26 1/4 in. (83.8 x 88.9 x 66.7 cm)
Credit Line
Director's Discretionary Fund, Museum Purchase by exchange, and funds given by Susan and David Mesker and Zoe and Max Lippman
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
173:2003a,b
NOTES
This tea table is from the dining room of Hôtel Guimard, the residence that the French architect Hector Guimard designed for himself and his wife in Paris. Its elegant, lyrical quality combines the essential elements for which Guimard's work is famous: cast bronze fittings, pearwood, graphic, linear forms, and exquisitely carved details. Similar to the giant, stalklike entrance gates that Guimard designed for the Paris Metro stations, this table's tendril legs appear to bow and droop under the weight of the detachable glass serving tray. Like other French artists at the time, Guimard was inspired by nature, but unlike his contemporaries who employed forms and decoration that were often literal illustrations of nature, he abstracted from nature.
1907 - c.1948
Hector Guimard (1867–1942) and Adeline Oppenheim Guimard (b. 1872), Paris, France; New York, NY, USA [1]

c.1948 - 2003
Private Collection, France, acquired from Adeline Oppenheim Guimard [2]

2003
Barry Friedman, Ltd., New York, NY, USA, purchased from private collection

2003 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Barry Friedman, Ltd. [3]


Notes:
[1] The table is shown in an undated photograph of the dining room of Hôtel Guimard, 122 Avenue Mozart, Paris, the residence designed and furnished by Guimard for himself and his wife in 1909/10-1912 [Thiébaut, Philippe. "Guimard." Paris: Éditions de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1992, p. 401, fig. 9; and Graham, F. Lanier. "Hector Guimard." New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1970. p. 23].

[2] Adeline Oppenheim Guimard, by then widowed, return to Paris from New York in 1948 and dispersed the contents of the Hôtel Guimard, making donations to three museums and giving other pieces, including this table, to friends of the family [letter from Alain Blondel, Guimard scholar, to Barry Friedman, Barry Friedman Ltd., September 9, 2003; Barry Friedman Ltd invoice].

[3] Invoice dated October 23, 2003 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, December 2, 2003.
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