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Jules Leleu Furniture

Jules Leleu (France, 1883-1961)
Jules Leleu (France, 1883-1961)

A designer and ensemblier, Jules Leleu was one of the key authors of the Art Deco movement. While he did not win the fame of such contemporaries as Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean-Michel Frank, Leleu had a longer career and was easily their peer in the conception of trim, refined furniture forms and in the use of the opulent materials — from lacquer and ivory to sharkskin and exotic woods — that were a keynote of haute Art Deco design.

     Leleu was born into a family of artisans and decorators. Their firm, Maison Leleu, had existed since the 18th century and Jules would guide it through much of the 20th. (The business lasted until 1973, headed at the end by Jules's children.) He studied architecture, served as an aviator in World War I, and after the conflict took up design full-time. Leleu presented work at the 1925 exposition in Paris that gave us the term Art Deco, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York purchased a burl amboyna wood commode by Leleu directly from the show.

     As the furniture presented here shows, Leleu was a stickler for precision craft and preferred to let his materials do the talking — his furniture is generally spare and sleek; its presence is established by figuring (or patterning/graining) in the wood and the occasional marquetry medallion. He had a keen eye for currents in design, and an adaptable sensibility. Maison Leleu would embrace many of the starker forms of modernism after the 1940s, as well as new materials such as artificial lacquer and plastics (then considered cutting-edge rather than cheap). Jules Leleu is a guiding light of 20th-century modernism: a man whose work represents both a devotion to traditional handiwork and an appreciation for the next wave in design.

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Jules Leleu, Set of Six Dining Chairs, France, C. 1957
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
A set of six mahogany dining chairs with bronze sabots by Jules Leleu Each numbered: 30046 For a sketch of this model, see Siriex, Françoise. The House of Leleu. New York: Huds...
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Late 20th Century French Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Pair of Black Lacquered Art Deco Armchairs by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Montreal, QC
Pair of black lacquered Art Deco armchairs by Jules Leleu upholstered with pink colour fabric. Signed: "Leleu Paris Made in France". These chairs were re-lacquered with the curre...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Wood

French Art Deco Jules Leleu Macassar and Mother-of-Pearl Cabinet
By Jules Leleu
Located in Miami, FL
Rare and magnificent Art Deco Macassar ebony and mother-of-pearl inlaid cabinet. Front part inlaid in mother-of-pearl and ebony. Slightly curved front doors. Signed piece by Jules L...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Macassar, Mother-of-Pearl

Jules Leleu, Pair of Oak Armchairs, France, circa 1948
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Pair of oak armchairs by Jules Leleu (1883-1961) Provenance: Originally from the collection of Jean Leleu, Paris Bibliography: The House of Leleu by Françoise Siriex, New Yo...
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20th Century French Jules Leleu Furniture

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Upholstery, Oak

Pair of Leleu Attributed Art Deco Armchairs
By Jules Leleu
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1940s pair of armchairs by Jules Leleu in the Art Deco style with polished Walnut frames, square shaped backs, and lilac satin upholstery. The upholstery also features tonal gr...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Jules Leleu, Midcentury Vitrine in Mahogany Parquetry, France, 1957
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Unique vitrine by Jules Leleu in mahogany marquetry, patinated metal and gilt bronze Numbered 33774 5697. Provenance: This vitrine was created for Mr. Renondin and is entered ...
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20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Metal, Bronze

Art Deco Rosewood Marquetry Cocktail Cabinet by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Forest Row, East Sussex
An Art Deco rosewood marquetry cocktail cabinet by Jules Leleu, (1883-1961). Stepped top over a parquetry and marquetry inlaid drop-front cocktail cabinet, with ebony and mother of p...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

French Late Art Deco / Modern Neoclassical Sideboard / Buffet by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Elegant French late Art Deco / modern neoclassical sideboard / buffet by Jules Leleu, A 2-door cabinet composed in mahogany with the doors in a herringbone wood inlay and inset br...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Bronze and Crystal Sconces by Jules Leleu, France, 1960s
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Pair of gilt bronze sconces by Jules Leleu, crystal elements with cast bronze decorative plate. Rewired and supplied with matched custom backplate visible in the picture.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Walnut Art Deco Period Game Table by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Montreal, QC
Walnut game table by Jules Leleu, with an inset chest board ebony wood and mother of pearl. The reverse side is made in tooled black and silver leather resting on gilded brass feet s...
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1950s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Walnut

Jules Leleu, Pair of Art Deco Side Chairs, France, C. 1925
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Designed by the famed design firm's patriarch Jules Leleu in the mid-1920's, these side chairs are an example of Art Deco at its apotheosis.
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Mahogany, Walnut

Jules Leleu, Walnut Armchair, France, C. 1948
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Single walnut armchair by Jules Leleu An identical chair was shown at the Leleu exhibition, Chefs d’oeuvre de l’Afrique noire, in Leleu’s showroom on the Avenue Franklin-Roosevelt, ...
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20th Century French Jules Leleu Furniture

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Walnut

Jules Leleu, Mahogany Art Deco Side Table, France, C. 1930
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Fine early Art Deco two-tiered flamed mahogany side table by Jules Leleu (1883-1961) Illustrated in Mobilier et Décoration 1931, p. 490 and p. 491 (Interiors of the Comtesse de Ma...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Mahogany

Jules Leleu, Yellow Upholstered Mahogany Art Deco Armchair, France, circa 1926
By Jules Leleu, Maison Leleu
Located in New York, NY
This plush armchair is an early creation of Art Deco icon Jules Leleu, and features a mahogany frame, rounded sabots, and spiraled arms. Numbered on frame.
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Mahogany

Elegant Art Deco Period Palissander Buffet by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Montreal, QC
Elegant Art Deco period palissander commode by Jules Leleu inset with mother of pearl floral motifs and gilded bronze hoof feet. Bearing sticker: "Ce meuble dessiné pas J. Leleu a é...
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1950s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Palisander

Jules Leleu French Art Deco Walnut Parquetry Buffet Sideboard Signed Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Benington, Herts
An exceptional three-door walnut and bronze French Art Deco buffet or sideboard designed and signed by Jules Leleu (1883-1961). French - Paris, circa 1940 Extremely well constr...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Walnut

Jules Leleu Pair of Roll-Back Armchairs
By Jules Leleu
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Art Deco pair of armchairs by Jules Leleu, circa 1935. Please note these chairs are unrestored in the photographs. Priced per pair.
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Walnut

Jules Leleu, Mahogany and Leather Armchair, France, circa 1945
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Mahogany and leather visitor armchair by Jules Leleu. Marked with model number.
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1940s French Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Leather, Mahogany

Art Deco Period Mahogany Gueridon by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Montreal, QC
Art Deco Period mahogany gueridon by Jules Leleu, the top fitted with a gilt-metal circular moulding inset with an oxidized mirrored glass top, France, circa 1950. Reference: Lel...
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1950s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Mirror, Mahogany

Fine Art Deco Commode by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Milan, Italy
A commode, circa 1939, rosewood veneer, nacre and ebony decoration, gilded bronze feet ends. Stamped and numbered. Serial number 2599. Bibliography -Yvonne Brunhammer, «Le style...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Brass

Circular Lacquered Wood Low Table by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Montreal, QC
Circular brown "laque nuagé" lacquered wood low table by Jules Leleu resting on four oak legs joined by a patinated bronze "x' form stretcher. Signed on paper label under the top, J...
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1950s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Wood

Fantastic French Art Deco Sideboard Credenza in Rosewood by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Kingston, NY
This fantastic Art Deco sideboard or credenza was designed and executed by Jules Leleu in a solid mahogany frame veneered in rosewood with a French polish finish and signed with apla...
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20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Maison Leleu, Rare Table Lamp, France, 1965
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Fine and rare patinated and nickeled bronze table lamp by Leleu This piece is entered under number 6008 as “Lampe de bureau” in Leleu’s "Livre des creations" (the entry log / lis...
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20th Century French Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze, Chrome

Jules Leleu, Art Deco Bench with Fluted Mahogany Frame, France, circa 1925
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Please note that the fluted carving seen on our bench is an element of the design vocabulary used by Jules Leleu in the mid-1920s, as seen on the chair featured on the dust jacket of...
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Jules Leleu, Art Deco Mahogany Armchair, France, circa 1936
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
1930s armchair by Art Deco master Jules Leleu. Numbered on right back leg 15560.
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Jules Leleu, Set of Three Art Deco Mahogany Side Chairs, France, C. 1930
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Set of three side chairs by Jules Leleu in mahogany with gilt bronze sabots For an illustration of identical armchairs, see: Ensembles Mobiliers. Vol. 5, 1943. Paris: Bibliothèqu...
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20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Jules Leleu, Large Curved Back Sofa, France
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
An unusual, large curved back sofa by Jules Leleu in cream upholstery and six sturdy wooden legs.
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

Jules Leleu, two Art Deco, Mahogany and Faux Leather Armchairs
By Jules Leleu
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Jules Leleu, two Art Deco, mahogany and faux leather armchairs.
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1950s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Elegant French Art Deco Macassar Game Table by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Montreal, QC
Elegant French game table in Macassar and ebony wood with an inset chest board. with gilded brass feet signed "Leleu" Literature: Sirex, The House of Leleu, 2008, p. 225.  
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Macassar

Jules Leleu, Art Deco Side Chair, France, 1925
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
A lacquered walnut side chair designed by Jules Leleu with an elegant, tall back covered in a round upholstered cushion, and beautifully carved, tapered legs.
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Walnut

Jules Leleu, French Walnut Gueridon Extendable Dining Table, circa 1930, Signed
By Jules Leleu
Located in Benington, Herts
An extremely good quality and elegant French Art Deco walnut guéridon extending dining table with a stunning radiating sunburst top designed and signed by Jules Leleu. (1883-1961), ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Walnut

Jules Leleu, Art Deco Coffee Table with Mirrored Eglomisé Top, France, 1930s
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
This extraordinary table, designed by one of the early 20th century's greatest designers, represents the consummation of French Art Deco elegance. The table's circular top--a spectac...
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20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Fine French Art Deco Extendable Round Dining Table by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Long Island City, NY
Jules Leleu: A fine French Art Deco sunburst top dining / center table in palissander with a 4 legs pedestal base and bronze details. 2 original raw wood center leaves, length with ...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Art Deco Salon Set by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Coral Gables, FL
A salon set by Jules Leleu made out of a solid mahogany frame and upholstered in fabric. Made in France, circa 1935 Reference: House of Leleu by Francoise Siriex, Page 73.
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Chenille, Mahogany, Rosewood

Single 'Double Torsade' Sconce Jules Leleu, France, Art Moderne, Ca. 1947
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Gilded bronze two-light sconce composed of a round backplate issuing two candlearms in the shape of stylized intertwined ropes ending in shades. Signed and numbered on the reverse. L...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Jules Leleu, Art Deco Sofa with Rounded Back, French, 1930s
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
A lush, upholstered sofa with rounded arms, back, and feet. These last, executed in French polished beech, serve as a charming, subtle accent. Numbered: P25137 For an illustrat...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Upholstery, Beech

Jules Leleu, Art Deco Tripodal Floor Lamp, Walnut and Chrome, France, circa 1930
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
This elegant floor lamp, a design from the early 1930s by Jules ?Leleu, features a tapered stem in walnut veneer--a long vertical element that unites the playfully complementary shap...
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20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Chrome

Jules Leleu, Art Deco Tripod Floor Lamp in Chrome and Walnut, France, C. 1932
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Art Deco floor lamp in French walnut and chromed metal by Jules Leleu. Signed on base: J. Leleu. An identical floor lamp was exhibited in the two museum retrospectives on Leleu: Le...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Chrome

Jean Prouvé & Jules Leleu Reclining Chaise Longue for Martel de Janvile
By Jean Prouvé, Jules Leleu
Located in Antwerp, BE
Prouvé & Leleu, reclining chaises longues, for the Sanatorium Martel de Janville, 1937, France Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé Painted steel, oak, in original condition....
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1930s French Modern Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Steel

Maison Leleu, Red Lacquer Dining Table, France, 1957
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Designed for the Villa Me´dy Roc in Cap d’Antibes (South of France), for which Maison Leleu was chosen to provide new furniture, lighting, and carpets in 1957. This was one of their ...
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1950s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Jules Leleu, Sycamore Center Table, France, c. 1948
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Sycamore center table or extension dining table, with gilt bronze trim. Signed on Ureformol plaque on the pedestal. For illustrations of identical models, see: Ensembles Mobilier...
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1940s French Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

A Fine French Art Deco Walnut Extendable Dining Table by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Long Island City, NY
Fine French 1950s walnut dining / writing table with two ends pull-out leaves and bronze details (sabots). Width is 110" when fully extended.  
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Jules Leleu, Art Deco Barbière, Mirrored Glass & Amboyna, France, 1926
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
A fine and rare shaving stand by Jules Leleu in amboyna with silver plated bronze ornaments and its original mirror. Signed "J Leleu" This barbiere was designed by Leleu for th...
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20th Century French Jules Leleu Furniture

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Amboyna

Art Deco Sideboard Designed and Executed by J&M Leleu, Paris, 1930s
By Jules Leleu
Located in Forest Row, East Sussex
An Art Deco sideboard designed and executed by J&M Leleu, Paris (Jules and Marcel Leleu atelier). Art Deco Complete, Alastair Duncan p.420 Palisander wood with ivorine handles ...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Marble

Jean Prouve & Jules Leleu, Pair of Armchairs, 1936
By Jean Prouvé, Jules Leleu
Located in Paris, FR
Jean Prouvé and Jules Leleu, 1936 Pair of armchairs for Martel de Janville Sanatorium, Plateau d'Assy, France Fabrication Ateliers Jean Prouvé Enameled steel, upholstery Proven...
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1930s French Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Steel

Jules Leleu Bronze Mounted and Inlaid Console Table
By Jules Leleu
Located in Hudson, NY
France, two-tier, bow-fronted table with three frieze drawers inlaid with mother of pearl and ebony flower bursts, mirror-paneled lower section, and wonderfully variegated grey and b...
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1930s French Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Marble, Bronze

Art Deco Rosewood Sideboard by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in London, GB
An Art Deco mahogany sideboard by Jules Leleu (1883-1961), the two curved doors centered by a diamond patterned marquetry, on sabre legs with bronze mounts, internally veneered in sy...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Jules Leleu Dining Table, 1930s
By Jules Leleu
Located in London, GB
A distinctive richly polished Jules Leleu dining table, circa 1937. With elegant curved lines and the remarkable sweeping arched legs finished in gilt brass. The moulded finials a...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Wood

Jules Leleu, a Pair of Two Door Cabinets, France, circa 1948
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
This exceptional matched pair of two door cabinets was made in the aftermath of the war, a time when Jules Leleu was returning to the Deco splendor of plush, exotic materials. This p...
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1940s French Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Jules Leleu Inlaid Card and Games Table
By Jules Leleu
Located in London, GB
A luxurious Marquetry card and games table by Jules Leleau of Paris with an inlaid sycamore and ebony chess board surrounded with scrolls and swags of exquisite craftsmanship. The si...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Fruitwood

Jules Leleu, Mahogany Writing Table, France, circa 1940
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Mahogany and gilt bronze writing table with two drawers by Jules Leleu For an illustration of an identical table, see Siriex, Françoise. The House of Leleu. New York: Hudson Hills...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Signed Jules Leleu French Art Deco Bookmatched Rosewood Cabinet or Bibliothèque
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
This stunning and important cabinet / Bibliothèque as realized by the celebrated French designer Jules Leleu in France, circa 1930. The piece executed in bookmatched rosewood offers ...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Rosewood

Pair of Rosewood Armchairs, Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in CH
Jules Leleu (1883-1961) Superb condition of two authentic armchairs, rosewood and burgundy silk with flower pattern. Measures: 102 x 55 x 50 x 47 cm.
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Rosewood

Table Signed Jules Leleu, circa 1940, France
By Jules Leleu
Located in CH
Small rectangular table, diamond-inlaid veneer wood, brass, numbered and signed Jules Leleu (1883-1961), circa 1940, France. Measures: 65/84/49 cm.  
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Rosewood

Table Signed Jules Leleu, circa 1940, France
By Jules Leleu
Located in CH
Console table signed Jules Leleu (1883-1961), circa 1940, France.
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Rosewood

Jules Leleu Sycamore Cabinet
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
This exceptional sycamore cabinet has shelves on both sides. The center section has two drawers and one section of shelves and original glass handles. It is signed on the inside of t...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Sycamore

Jules Leleu, Large Lacquered Walnut Cabinet, France, 1933
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Unique and important Art Deco four-door cabinet in walnut with lacquered doors and nickel-plated details. Lacquer work by Katsu Hamanaka (1895-1982). Provenance: This cabinet w...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Walnut, Lacquer

Jules Leleu, Pair of Armchairs, France, circa 1950
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
For an illustration of a similar armchair, see Siriex, Franc¸oise. The House of Leleu. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 2008. 256. For a sketch of this model, see Siriex, Franc¸oise....
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1950s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Mahogany