Console Desserte

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Louis Majorelle (French, 1859–1926)
Console Desserte, ca. 1900
Mixed woods, ormolu and mother-of-pearl

A console desserte was intended for display of objects and serving of food in the dining room.  The design of the piece is typical of furniture in the style of Art Nouveau: contrasting inlays made of expensive woods, ormolu mounts, and nature-inspired patterns.  

The great French cabinetmaker, Louis Majorelle, was recognized as the master of Art Nouveau furniture. His workshop was located in Nancy, on the eastern border of France. Nancy was a major manufacturing center at the time, and Majorelle marketed his wares to clients in Paris and abroad.