Dominique pair of armchairs, Normandie model (#1366)

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Dominique pair of armchairs, Normandie model (#1366)

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French Art Deco pair of armchairs by Dominique, model used on the great French oceanliner, Normandie in 1932. These chairs are French walnut and have been restored, refinished, reupholstered. Dimensions are 21.5" wide x 20" deep x 34" high.

DOMINIQUE

The French interior design firm, Dominique, was founded in 1922 by
Andre Domin (1883-1962) a self-taught artist, and Marcel Genevriere
(1885-1967) a trained architect. Their salon was on the Faubourg
Saint-Honore in Paris. Though they were among the torchbearers of the
great French tradition of fine furniture design, Dominique's slogan
was "Delivery from the nightmare of the ancient". Their work
represented the steady development of artistic achievement while
keeping pace with the times.

In 1924, in an Art et Decoration review of Dominique’s Salon des Artistes Decorateurs exhibit, the critic wrote: "The room and the bed which are reproduced here are in such harmony
with life that a quiet but captivating eloquence is born out of them.
These lovingly worked creations seem to say to us: Come live among us;
here life is gentle, joyous, and measured, for here all is
well-proportioned."

From a 1929 French exhibition catalog "Here, under one picturesque
pseudonym. are two brilliant artists, Andre Domin and Marcel
Genevriere. Their style is a definite one, so recognizable in its
concept of form as to at once identify the designers with their work
wherever it is seen."

In 1934, the Mobilier et Decoration critic used Dominique's work as a
reference when stating that "a piece of furniture has worked when it
successfully withstands the test of time and blends comfortably with
earlier pieces." Characterized by simplicity and dignity, their
furniture was produced in luxurious materials: rosewood, amaranth,
ebony macassar, palissandre, shagreen, and parchment. Their door
handles and silvered bronze plaques were produced by Puiforcat.

Beginning with the Salon d'Automne in 1922 they exhibited regularly in
the Salons of the Societe des Artistes Decoreteurs. In "Une ambassade
francaise" pavilion at the 1925 Paris Exposition Intemationale des
Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes they designed a suite of
private apartments. Among their many commissions for the French luxury
oceanliners, they created one of the four grand luxe apartments,
Rouen, on the famous Normandie, in 1935.

After World War II they designed furniture for the Palais de l'Elysee (The French 'White House') in addition to private homes in Paris, Puiforcat's villa in Biarritz, and a commercial interior for perfumerie Houbigant,
and an entire hotel in Havana, Cuba.