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Jules Leleu Furniture

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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Pair of "Jules Leleu" Bronze Chandeliers, French, circa 1940s
By Jules Leleu
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Pair of "Jules Leleu" bronze chandeliers, French, circa 1940s, each with four downward turning arms and conical candle nozzles. Measure: Height 21" Provenance: Tepper Galleries ...
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1940s Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Glass

Jules Leleu "Meuble feu d'Artifices," Fireworks Cabinet, France, circa 1946
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
An exceptional, rare mahogany cabinet made by Jules Leleu the year after the war, featuring gilt bronze details and ornaments, and an elaborate, mother of pearl and ebony inlay by Me...
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1940s French Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Elegant Art Deco Period Sycomore Gueridon by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Montreal, QC
Elegant Art Deco period Sycomore gueridon by Jules Leleu with polychrome laminate top.
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Sycamore

Elegant Art Deco Walnut Gueridon by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Montreal, QC
Elegant Art Deco walnut gueridon by Jules Leleu with marble top Signed: "Leleu"
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Walnut

Very Fine Mahogany Art Deco Buffet by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Montreal, QC
Very fine mahogany Art Deco buffet by Jules Leleu. Two fronts doors intricately decorated with marquetry fitted with fine cast gilded bronze mounts Reference Françoise Siriex, Lele...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Mahogany

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

1950s Vintage Jules Leleu French Art Deco Brass Wall Sconces, Sold as Set of Six
By Jules Leleu
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Jules Leleu polished brass and glass pair of sconces, attributed to Jules Leleu. Three pairs available. Professionally rewired. Original porcelain socket. Total of 6 sconces availabl...
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1940s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Crystal, Bronze

Walnut Marquetry Sideboard, Signed Jules Leleu, 1945
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
The walnut sideboard with 3 doors, each showing walnut parquetry with brass and tin marquetry, opening to reveal drawers and shelves. The whole with pen-line brass mounts and support...
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1940s French Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Brass

Art Deco Sideboard by 'Jules Leleu'
By Jules Leleu
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A top-quality French Art Deco period walnut buffet by Jules Leleu, circa 1930. Four book-match veneered cabinet doors flank a central bank of five drawers, the whole raised on a shap...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Metal

Set of Twelve French Art Deco Dining Chairs by 'Jules Leleu'
By Jules Leleu
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A very rare set of twelve French Art Deco chairs in walnut signed, ‘Jules Leleu’. Sturdy and comfortable and with recent upholstery, circa 1930 These chairs are part of an origina...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Walnut

French Art Deco Dining Table by 'Jules Leleu'
By Jules Leleu
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
An important French Art Deco period walnut dining table by Parisian designer ‘Jules Leleu’. The simple rectangular plane of the top slab is veneered in figured bookmatched walnut and...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Walnut

Signed Jules Leleu Curved Facade Parquetry Pattern Credenza, France, 1940s
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
1940s French signed Jules Leleu oak credenza. Diamond pattern parquetry veneer on doors and top. Curved facade with four doors. Sculptural legs. Original ornate brass hardware. ...
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1940s French Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Oak

Jules Leleu Pair of Pink Faux Leather Armchairs
By Jules Leleu
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jules Leleu, armchairs, pink leatherette, brass and stained beech, France, 1957. This set of two elegant armchairs in wood and pink-purple leatherette upholstery, and are made out...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Brass

Jules Leleu, Modernist Settee, Mahogany, Brass, Bouclé, 1960s, France
By Maison Leleu, Jules Leleu
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A modernist settee, sofa or loveseat. Designed by Jules Leleu in the 1960s and produced by his own firm, Maison Leleu. Executed in lacquered mahogany, brass, and new high-end bou...
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1960s French Modern Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Brass

Set of Four Chairs
By Jules Leleu
Located in Paris, FR
Set of four oak chairs with rounded backs, scrolled uprights supporting the armrests resting on brass shoes. Covered in offwhite mohair.
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20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Oak

Pair of Club Armchairs
By Jules Leleu
Located in Paris, FR
Rounded legs in stained wood, covered with off-white mohair.
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1640s French Art Deco Antique Jules Leleu Furniture

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Mohair, Wood

Jules Leleu Double Pedestal Mahogany Art Deco Desk with Gilt Bronze Details
By Jules Leleu
Located in St. Louis, MO
Jules Leleu (1883-1961) double-fronted mahogany and brass desk, circa 1935. Having two set of four pedestal drawers and a single frieze drawer, accented in gilt bronze. Inset with p...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Liquor Cabinet
By Jules Leleu
Located in Paris, FR
In rosewood and wood veneer with a top box opening with a flap with ebony and mother-of-pearl inlaid flowers patterns, and gilted bronze. Interior in sycamore discovering shelves ...
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20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Rosewood

"Half-moon" Cabinet
By Jules Leleu
Located in Paris, FR
In rosewood inlaid with mother of pearl and ebony depicting flowers and butterflies opening in the front by two doors. Rectangular top, ending by four legs partly covered in gilt br...
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20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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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

Art Deco Floor Lamp by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish French Art Deco lamp is by Jules Leleu and was acquired from a Palm Beach estate. Note: Requires two bayonette based light bulbs. Note: There is a line switch on t...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Metal, Brass

Jules Leleu Gueridon, circa 1930, France
By Jules Leleu
Located in Girona, Spain
Jules Leleu Gueridon, Made with mahogany and plated brass, circa 1930, France. Classic Art Deco design Sunburst table top 4 Art Deco designed Legs positioned on a pedestal base ...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Brass

French Modern Amarynth, Mother of Pearl and Bronze Mounted Vitrine, Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Miami, FL
Provenance: Dining room of Mr and Mes Dervveaux, 1956, as illustrated on page 224, The house of Leleu, Francoise Siriex. Styles / Movements Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern.
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1950s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Round Rug
By Jules Leleu
Located in Paris, FR
Circular woollen carpet with geometrical decoration.
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20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Wool

Rectangular Rug
By Jules Leleu
Located in Paris, FR
Large rectangular woollen rug with polychrome diamond decoration on a cream background. Signed lower left "Leleu".
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20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Wool

Leleu-Deshaye Leather and Chrome Armchairs
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Leleu-Deshaye leather and chromed steel, original leather and chrome. Measures: Arm height 24 1/2".
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Jules Leleu Furniture

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Leather

Pair of "Draperie" French Art Deco Wall Sconces signed by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Bronx, NY
A pair of French Art Deco wall sconces known as "Draperie" by the French Master "Jules Leleu", two-armed, in brushed bronze with crystal accent. (signature in the last image). Scon...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Jules Leleu Acanthes Sconces, 1947
By Jules Leleu
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Jules Leleu has been a key figure as an interior designer during the 20th century for his classicism, elegance and timeless taste. L Élysée, Eisenhower house, boats, rich clientele ...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

French Art Nouveau Brass and Glass Table Lamp Signed Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A French Art Nouveau period brass oil lamp newly-rewired to modern standards. Textured brass dome with inset opalescent glass cabochons above a tautly-sculpted organic Art Nouveau ba...
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Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Antique Jules Leleu Furniture

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Brass

Fine French Art Deco Burl Walnut Sideboard by Jules Leleu (documented)
By Jules Leleu
Located in Long Island City, NY
Jules Leleu: A fine French Art Deco burled walnut sideboard by, with six doors, five central drawers and chromes hardware. This sideboard is part of an emblematic dining set design...
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Chrome

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

Jules Leleu Chair
By Jules Leleu
Located in Antwerp, BE
Art Deco armchair by Jules Leleu, France, 1940s In mahogany with gilt bronze sabots with the original silk buttoned upholstery, very much 'dans son jus' We can reupholster this ...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Brass

Jean Prouvé & Jules Leleu Bed from the Martel de Janville Sanatorium, circa 1936
By Jules Leleu, Jean Prouvé
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A great example of a bed design by Jean Prouvé and Jules Leleu from the Martel de Janville Sanatorium, Plateau d'Assy, circa 1936.
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Jules Leleu Furniture

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Enamel, Steel

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

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

Important Two-Door Commode by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Macassar ebony two-door commode with mother of pearl and ebony inlay by Jules Leleu (1883-1961). Marquetry by Messager. This cabinet was exhibited in the museum show "Leleu 50 ...
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1930s French Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Macassar, Mother-of-Pearl, Ebony

Jules Leleu, Large Curved Back Settee, French
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

Art Deco Floor Lamp by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Montreal, QC
Beautiful Art Deco rosewood floor lamp with fine gilt bronze mounts by Jules Leleu, signed: Jules Leleu.
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1940s French Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Rosewood

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

Jules Leleu, Rare and Early Art Deco Armchair, France, circa 1926
By Maison Leleu, Jules 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

French Midcentury Double Torsade Jules Leleu Sconces
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French midcentury "double torsade" gilt metal sconces (JULES LELEU, stamped).
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Jules Leleu Furniture

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Metal

Mid-20th Century Handmade French Moderne Accent Rug by Leleu
By Paule Leleu, Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
A vintage French Moderne accent carpet handmade during the mid-20th century and designed by Leleu.
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Mid-20th Century French Neoclassical Jules Leleu Furniture

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Wool

Jules Leleu Pair of Club Chairs, Normandie Model
By Jules Leleu
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Art Deco pair of club chairs by Jules Leleu, circa 1935. Model used by the designer in the Salon Trouville aboard the framous French luxury liner, Normandie. These chairs are ...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Wood

Jules Leleu French Art Deco Tapestry Loveseat
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
French Art Deco loveseat with tapestry upholstery (seat cushion AS IS) having a round back & scroll design arm (by Jules Leleu), circa 1940 Ref: Decorateurs Ensemble, Francoise Siriex).
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood

French Art Deco Ebony de Macassar Marquetry and Bronze Mounted Credenza, J Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Miami, FL
Superb French Art Deco Ebony de Macassar Marquetry inlaid Bronze Mounted Credenza, inlaid with lemonwood and mother of pearl, documented In Book LELEU.
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Jules Leleu, Art Deco 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 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

Jules Leleu, Set of Three 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 Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

Jules Leleu, Mahogany Vanity, France, 1945
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Mahogany writing table or vanity by Jules Leleu with its original mirror, and patinated and gilt bronze details Signed "JLeleu" on upper front leg Provenance: Designed by Leleu...
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1940s French Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Bronze

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

Side Table by Jean Prouvé and Jules Leleu from France, 1936
By Jean Prouvé, Jules Leleu
Located in Altwies, LU
Side table in metal tube entirely lacquered in red-blood color. Furniture designed in 1934-1935 for the sanatorium of Guébriant and sponsored by the French Army to the architects ...
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1930s French Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Metal

Jules Leleu, Mahogany 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

Maison Leleu, Pair of Club Armchairs, France, C. 1963
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
Pair of club chairs by Maison Leleu Provenance: Private collection, Boulevard Suchet, Paris, France Leleu designed and furnished two apartments for this highly successful Frenc...
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1960s French Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

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

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

Jules Leleu, Art Deco Walnut Armchair, France, C. 1948
By Jules Leleu
Located in New York, NY
This remarkable pair of late Deco armchairs possess many of the beautiful aesthetic trappings of Jules Leleu's most famous 40s designs, and are clad in an elaborate, wildly colorful ...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Jules Leleu Furniture

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Walnut, Upholstery

Jules Leleu Unique 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

Elegant Pair of Satin and Walnut Armchairs by Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu
Located in Montreal, QC
Elegant pair of satin and walnut armchairs by Jules Leleu. Stamped: "Made in France Leleu Paris 22538" France 1936.  
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jules Leleu Furniture

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Walnut