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Cabinet - Le Nid de l'Aigle [The Eagle's Nest]
  • Le Nid de l'Aigle [The Eagle's Nest]
    Majorelle, Louis, born 1859 - died 1926
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Le Nid de l'Aigle [The Eagle's Nest]

  • Object:

    Cabinet

  • Place of origin:

    Nancy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Majorelle, Louis, born 1859 - died 1926 (designer)
    Majorelle, Louis, born 1859 - died 1926 (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Veneer of coromandel (macassar ebony) and carving in walnut, with marquetry panel in birch, elm, oak, zebrano, rosewood, padouk and other woods, on an oak and possibly mahogany carcase, with wrought iron mounts

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir George Donaldson

  • Museum number:

    1997-1900

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This cabinet was one of the pieces of furniture exhibited by Louis Majorelle at the Paris International Exhibition in 1900. It helped to establish his reputation as the leading designer and maker of furniture in the fashionable Art Nouveau style, which looked to nature rather than to historical styles for inspiration.

The cabinet is not directly based on any historical precedent. Its decoration with a tree motif, curving mounts representing plants and horizontal bands of veneer shows Majorelle's skill in creating furniture in the new style.

Physical description

Cabinet with cupboard in upper section above open compartment with protruding shelf and lower cupboard. Door of upper cupboard with marquetry panel showing man sailing boat with seagulls and cliffs in background. Inscribed and signed on top of shelf:
"L. Majorelle/nancy." The cabinet is veneered in coromandel (macassar ebony) with carving in walnut.

Place of Origin

Nancy (made)

Date

ca. 1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Majorelle, Louis, born 1859 - died 1926 (designer)
Majorelle, Louis, born 1859 - died 1926 (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Veneer of coromandel (macassar ebony) and carving in walnut, with marquetry panel in birch, elm, oak, zebrano, rosewood, padouk and other woods, on an oak and possibly mahogany carcase, with wrought iron mounts

Marks and inscriptions

'Majorelle Nancy.'
Signature; signed in marquetry

Dimensions

Height: 180 cm, Width: 86 cm, Depth: 50 cm

Object history note

Shown at the Exposition Universelle (the International Exhibition) in Paris, 1900, and purchased by Mr Donaldson from the exhibition for presentation to the Museum. This design of cabinet was produced more than once. There is another version in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (museum no. 2005.525).

Descriptive line

Walnut and oak veneered cabinet with coromandel (macassar ebony) enriched with marquetry of various woods, wrought-iron mounts, made by Majorelle, Louis, France (Nancy), 1900

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Baker, Malcolm, and Brenda Richardson (eds.), A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A Publications, 1999.
Donaldson, George, The Victoria and Albert Museum. Gift of "New Art" Furniture for Circulation. The Magazine of Art, 1901, pp. 466-471 (illus.)
Valérie Thomas, 'L'École de Nancy au Victoria & Albert Museum: Une difficile reconnaissance', Arts Nouveau, no. 31 (Sept. 2015), p. 14, fig. 5.

Labels and date

Europe and America 1800-1900, room 101

ART NOUVEAU CABINET
1900
Shown at the International Exhibition, Paris, 1900

In exhibiting this cabinet at the Paris 1900 exhibition, Majorelle established his reputation as the leading Art Nouveau furniture designer. Its decoration shows his skill in creating furniture in the new style. The various elements include a tree motif, horizontal bands of veneer and curving mounts representing plants.

France, Nancy; designed and made by Louis Majorelle

Kingwood veneer and carved kingwood and purpleheart, on an oak and possibly mahogany carcase, with marquetry of various woods; wrought iron mounts

Given by Sir George Donaldson

[05/08/2015]
Europe and America 1800-1900, room 101

ART NOUVEAU CABINET
1900
Shown at the International Exhibition, Paris, 1900

France, Nancy; designed and made by Louis Majorelle

Kingwood veneer and carved kingwood and purpleheart, on an oak and possibly mahogany carcase, with marquetry of various woods; wrought iron mounts

Museum no. 1997-1900
Given by Sir George Donaldson

In exhibiting this cabinet at the Paris 1900 exhibition, Majorelle established his reputation as the leading Art Nouveau furniture designer. Its decoration shows his skill in creating furniture in the new style. The various elements include a tree motif, horizontal bands of veneer and curving mounts representing plants. [2006]
Gallery 9, 1987:
Signed 'L. Majorelle, Nancy', this cabinet was shown at the Paris 1900 Exhibition. Its combination of pictorial marquetry and naturalistic carving reflects the influence of Emille Gallé (1846-1904), the leader of the Ecole de Nancy. []

Materials

Oak; Iron; Macassar ebony

Techniques

Veneering; Marquetry

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Images Online; Furniture; Woodwork

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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