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Michel Zadounaïsky Furniture

MICHEL ZADOUNAISKY (RUSSIA, 1903–83)

Michel Zadounaïsky was well known in his own time, and is duly recognized today, for his meticulous execution of wrought iron furnishings and artwork. Having learned the trade at a very young age, he became devoted to the medium, eventually attracting the attention of the wealthy French elite of the 1920s and 1930s. The artist’s level of craftsmanship and intriguing designs single him out as one of the most unique and expressive voices of the French Art Deco. Zadounaïsky was born in Odessa, a Black Sea port of the Russian Empire, in 1903. In 1916, when Zadounaïsky was only 13 years old, he and his parents emigrated to Lyon, France. Rebellious to the core, Zadounaïsky ran away from home three years later to attend the Beaux-Arts de Lyon. Though he quit after less than a year, the artist was able to make lasting connections with Art Nouveau contemporaries such as André Sornay, Claudius Linossier and Christian Krass. Out on his own, Zadounaïsky was intent to learn the art of blacksmithing. Devoting four years to the craft, and apprenticing with the Fournet chandelier makers, he was finally able to open his own enterprise. Going into business for himself, Zadounaïsky was able to explore his artistic leanings. During the 1920s, he developed his well known style, characterized by curves, interlacing patterns and sharp points. Zadounaïsky was heavily interested in animal motifs—particularly snakes—and this left a large impact on his body of work. Zadounaïsky’s work gained recognition as he continued to create singular pieces which were bold and functional. Considering himself a true craftsman, Zadounaïsky was involved in all stages of production, from drafting to fabrication. The artist’s work gained recognition from as monumental a contemporary as Raymond Subes, who extended several offers of employment and collaboration. Just like his contemporaries, Zadounaïsky was active in exhibiting his works. At the 13th Salon des Tuileries in 1935, his pieces were noticed by Ferdinand-Antoine, the Viscount de Lacroix-Laval. The nobleman’s enthusiasm for the artist’s work led him to commission Zadounaïsky to create several pieces of lighting for his chateau at Noailles in south-central France. Zadounaïsky died in 1983, but his designs remain as a legacy of his genius. Many of his creations are fixtures in the market as examples of Art Deco wrought iron mastery.

(Biography provided by Art Deco Ceramic Glass Light)
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Michel Zadounaïsky French Art Deco Pair of Wrought-Iron Antelope Lamps, 1930s
By Michel Zadounaïsky
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Pair of table lamps by Michel Zadounaisky, France, 1930s. Partially black patinated wrought iron antelopes. Measurements: Each-length 10.2" (26 cm), height without shade 9.8" (25 cm)...
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Pair of French Art Deco Wrought Iron Candleholders by Michel Zadounaisky
By Paul Kiss, Raymond Subes, Edgar Brandt, Jean Royère, Michel Zadounaïsky
Located in Houston, TX
Beautiful rare pair of French Art Deco hand forged wrought iron candelabra, candlesticks or candleholders by Michel Zadounaïsky. These candleholders are stamped with the maker's mark...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage Michel Zadounaïsky Furniture

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Fire Screen by Michel Zadounaisky, France, 1940s
By Michel Zadounaïsky
Located in New York, NY
Wrought iron stylized tree with triangular foliage in a rectangular frame, backed with mesh. Stamped Zadounaisky 25-12.
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Sculpted and Cast Metal Panel by Michel Zadounaisky, 1933
By Michel Zadounaïsky
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
A remarkable and rare sculpted and cast metal panel by Michel Zadounaisky, depicting a silver patinated shark surrounded with shoals of fish and abstract metalworks. The whole panel ...
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Art Deco Wrought Iron Console Table by Michel Zadounaïsky
By Michel Zadounaïsky
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
An exceptional, rare wrought iron console with a pink Campana marble top on four uprights, representing coiling snakes. It is encircled by stylised floral motif fretwork, vertical ba...
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Michel Zadounaïsky Furniture

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Michel Zadounaisky Art Deco Antelope Wrought Iron Table Lamp
By Michel Zadounaïsky
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French Art Deco hammered wrought iron and chrome table lamp designed by Michel Zadounaisky (1903-1983). Elegant jumping antelope design mounted on a rectangular tiered base. Rewired ...
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French Art Deco Wrought Iron and Frosted Glass Floor Lamp by Zadounaisky
By Michel Zadounaïsky
Located in New York, NY
Designed by Michel Zadounaisky (1903-1983), this French Art Deco standing lamp is composed of a wrought iron rod resting upon a pyramidal base. The lamp is crowned with a single ligh...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Michel Zadounaïsky Furniture

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