French Art Deco

Art Deco was the first truly 20th-century style. It was the exciting new movement in decorative art and design that swept away the elaborate ornamentation of preceding centuries and replaced it with simplicity of line. Where previous ages had drawn inspiration from the past this movement was inspired by the present and the future. Often used to describe every kind of decorative design done in the years "between the wars" 1919-1939, Art Deco was actually conceived in the transitional pre-war years and evolved.

Probably the event that is most responsible for creating an international awareness of the style and giving it a name was the Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes (shortened to Art Deco) in Paris in 1925.

The style was applied to all areas of the decorative arts and design from architecture, appliances and advertising to interior design, furniture, lighting, ceramics, clocks, sculpture and tableware.

The stylistic elements associated with Art Deco are a tendency towards stylized or abstract design and streamlined, straighter lines. Designers and manufacturers often incorporated the use of exotic and new materials such at ebene de macassar, abalone, ivory, sharkskin, egg shell and tortoiseshell, bakelite, nickel-plating, chrome, and aluminum.

Sparrows Inc stocks French Art Deco furniture, lighting and accessories. A number of them can always be viewed in our Online Gallery. If the Online Gallery does not contain an item to meet your specific needs, please contact us for information regarding other items in stock.

French Art Deco Furniture

Sparrows’ inventory always includes Art Deco furniture for the home and office: dining and bedroom suites, desks and library tables, salon furniture (including club chairs in original leather), and occasional tables.

The furniture of this period is often made of walnut or mahogany with accents of amboyna, ivory, ebony and bronze. We occasionally have pieces attributable to some of the influential designers of the period, including such names as Paul Follot and Maurice Dufrene.

French Art Deco Lighting

Sparrows’ inventory includes chandeliers, floor lamps, table lamps and wall sconces from the Art Deco period. These also illustrate the use of a wide variety of materials in their frames, including wrought iron, bronze, and nickel-plated bronze, and feature shades made of frosted glass, art glass and alabaster. Our Art Deco lighting is often attributed to or signed by noted designers, including Daum Nancy, Mueller Freres, Leleu and Schneider.

French Art Deco Accessories

Sparrows also deals in ceramics, clocks, tableware and sculpture of the period. We occasionally have silver-plated tea and coffee services by Christofle, bronze sculpture, and ceramics by artists such as Quimper’s Paul Fouillen.

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