French Art Deco coffee table by Maurice Champion, circa 1935, in mirror and mahogany with original parchment facings and bronze fittings. Slides open from center to reveal fully parchment-lined storage. 39.25" long x 17.24 wide x 19.75" high.
The self-taught son of a furniture dealer, Maurice Champion opened his own art gallery in 1930 on Boulevard du Montparnasse in Paris. He showed paintings, sculptures and his own creations in furniture. Modern, functional and devoid of decoration, characterized by their simplicity and balance.
At the 1937 Exposition des Arts et Techniques he presented a dining room in bleached oak with white leather-trimmed dark blue upholstery and a living room also in oak.
In response to requests from his clients, Champion turned to luxurious fabrication after World War II and his furniture evokes the earlier Art Deco period.
He participated regularly in the Salons des Artistés Décorateurs, Nationale de Beaux-Arts, Indépendants, and Salons d’Automne. His work included commissions for ministries, administrations, private mansions, and the French government.