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Pair of “Art Deco” stands

Circa 1935

Height: 103 cm (40,5 in.); Width: 32cm (12,6 in.)

Beautiful pair of Rio rosewood veneered squared stands, decorated with ivorine patterns and covered in shagreen.


Art Deco is an artistic movement born in the 1910’s, which reached its peak in the 1920’s before declining in the 1930’s. It is the first architectural-interior design movement to be international.

The Art Deco style gets its name from the « Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes » (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts) held in Paris in 1925.

« Art Deco », is the contraction of Decorative Arts, it relates to architecture, and more specifically interior design with tapestries, stained glass, paintings, ornamental sculptures, woodwork, the use of ceramic and of goldsmithery. The design of office and habitation buildings can be associated with it, as well as fashion, typography, advertisements and signs.

The Art Deco style grows before World War I in opposition to the volutes and organic shapes of the Art Nouveau. It marks a step back towards a more classic style: symmetry classical orders (often styled), stone engraving (without any picturesque effect). The décor does not have the liberty of the 1900’s, it is now severely constraint by its creators and influenced by the cubist geometric.

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