Rare vintage Art-deco desk in ebony of macassar, ebony and mahogany.
The qualities of wood used are exceptional.
The tray forming a semi-circle bent on the inside, based on 2 boxes with door revealing an interior composed of 4 drawers in solid mahogany.
The fretwork base is surmounted and surrounded by a striking headband very characteristic of Art-deco.
The antique locks were modified with barrels and keys offering more security about twenty years ago.
Christian Krass, born in Aubusson (France) in 1868 and died in Lyon in 1957, is a cabinetmaker and furniture maker from Lyon in the twentieth century, considered to be the “finest flower of Lyon's decorative arts”.
We associate the work of Christian Krass with that of the French decorator Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann. Many Christian Krass creations are of Ruhlmannian spirit. The latter uses precious woods, such as ebony from Gabon or moiré mahogany from Cuba, and rare materials, such as ivory or tortoiseshell. He likes to work on the refinement of the veneer which allows a pure rendering of elegant lines and shapes. For certain furniture, the reference to Ruhlmann is such that it is possible that there was collaboration between the two artists. The relationship between the latter two remains unclear, but they were widely known. There is therefore little chance that Christian Krass has simply copied Ruhlmann's work. Experts rather favor an association between the two cabinetmakers. Christian Krass may have had a brief stay with Ruhlmann during his apprenticeship, or even made orders for him.
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