These French discoveries have caught our expert's eye
1 Blond Bombshell
This circa-1914 burled-elm vanity and stool suggest what was to come from the French Art Deco master Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, whose wildly successful 1920s designs included more elaborate ebony and mother-of-pearl confections. At Maison Gerard, 53 E. 10th St., 212-674-7611, maisongerard.com.
2 Lacquered Up
Architect Alfred Porteneuve (1896–1949), a Beaux Arts scholar and nephew of Ruhlmann, collaborated with Japanese lacquer expert Katsu Hamanaka to add lustrous black to this cabinet’s Hungarian white-oak frame and pedestal. The doors, sheathed in Moroccan leather, feature a gilt-bronze keyhole cover bearing the initials “AP” and the year “1935.” At DeLorenzo Gallery, 956 Madison Ave., 212-249-7575, delorenzogallery.com.
3 Turn Table
French architect and furniture designer Pierre Chareau (1883–1950), best known for designing the revolutionary Maison de Verre in Paris, constructed swiveling “wings” for this 1929 wrought-iron gem. At Galerie L’Arc en Seine, Paris (by appointment only in New York), firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 Follot the Leader?
These refined armchairs, featuring carved fruitwood arms and curved crest rails, are similar to pieces made by silver, ceramics, and textile designer Paul Follot (1877–1941), who created furniture for the French ocean liner S.S. Normandie (1935). Although the stylized low-relief floral carvings are subtle, the silhouettes are anything but. At Florian Papp, 962 Madison Ave., 212-288-6770, florianpapp.com.