Maurice Dufrene pair of club chairs (#1359)

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Maurice Dufrene pair of club chairs (#1359)

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French Art Deco pair of club chairs by Maurice Dufrene, circa 1935. 30" wide x 30" deep x 32" high.


Illustrious French furniture, textile, glassware, ceramic, silverware designer and teacher, mentor, design director.

Born in Paris in 1876, Maurice Dufrene was educated at l’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. In 1899, at the young age of 23, he became the director and manager of La Maison Moderne, an association of artists who worked together to create designs which could be produced in multiples.

His own work was first shown at the salons in 1902, and from 1903 he regularly exhibited at Salon d’Automne and Salons of Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts. In 1904 he helped cofound Societe des Artistes Decorateurs. The SAD became a pivotal design organization whose annual exhibitions were well-documented by the press.

In 1922 he became creator and director of La Maitrise design studio of Les Galeries Lafayette in Paris – and the full flowering of his talent became apparent in his refined furniture designs and complete interiors. His inspiration was taken from 18th and 19th Century designs with a modern approach.

At the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes (which would later give the movement “Art Deco” its name), Dufrene’s designs included luxury boutiques, the living room of Une Ambassade Francaise Pavilion, and the interior of La Maitrise pavilionHe taught at l’Ecole Boulle and l’Ecole des Arts Appliques in Paris and was one of the principal designers of the first modernist film sets (1919 film Le carnaval des verites).

Dufrene’s interiors ranged eclectically from townhouses to avant-garde to glass, metal and mirrors, to commissions from Mobilier National for embassies and the Palais de l’Elysee (the French ‘White House’) in Paris. He remained at La Maitrise until 1952.