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Our Online Selection of French Vintage and Designer Items
  • Velvet Tulip Chair, France, 1970's - Spirit Gallery
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    Mid-Century French velvet chair designed with a meticulously polished chrome tulip chair base and re up holstered in a Lelièvre Paris velvet, one of the highest quality fabric makers in France.
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    Origin: France
    In the style of: Mid-Century Modern
    Period: Mid 20th Century 
    Materials and techniques:  
    - Polished Aluminium
    - Velvet upholstery
    Condition: Excellent vintage condition   
    Wear: Consistent with age and use
    Dimensions: 75 cm H x 42 cm W x 41 cm D
    Number of items: 1

     

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  • Rare Copacabana Chair by Mathieu Mategot, France, 1950's - Spirit Gallery
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    Rare French Mathieu Mategot Copacabana original edition chair with curved tubular steel legs and structure. Fully restored with Italian leather seat, backrest and lacquer. 

     

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    Creator: Mathieu Mategot
    Origin: France
    In the style of: Mid-Century Modern
    Date of Manufacture: 1950-1959
    Materials and techniques:  
    - Forged steel
    - Perforated steel sheet 
    Condition: Excellent, fully restored with cushion seat and re-lacquered
    Wear: Wear consistent with age and use
    Dimensions: Height: 80 cm I Depth: 49 cm I Width: 65 cm 
    Number of items: 1

     

    About Mathieu Mategot (1910-2001)
    Born and educated in Budapest, furniture and tapestry designer Mathieu Mategot moved to France in the early 1930s, where he worked as a window dresser and women’s clothing designer. He learned metalworking techniques as a prisoner of war in the 1940s, and upon his release began designing furniture, pioneering many of what we now identify as midcentury design tropes, like metal-mounted rattan, steel tubing, and perforated sheet metal. By the 1970s, Mategot returned to producing tapestries, many of which evoke Abstract Expressionist paintings.

    Source: https://www.artsy.net/artist/mathieu-mategot

     

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  • French Mid-Century Cap d'Ail Chair by Mathieu Matégot, 1950's - Spirit Gallery
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    20th century vintage armchair, or side chair by the iconic French pioneer designer Mathieu Matégot. We have deliberately left the tubular steel structure untouched in order to preserve the historic feel and design. France. Circa 1950's. A perfect garden or patio element. We have restored the chair with a new cushion seat upholstered in Italian black tinted leather to add a modern twist. It is possible to re lacquer the structure as an additional request.

     

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    Creator: Mathieu Mategot
    Origin: France
    In the style of: Mid-Century Modern
    Date of Manufacture: 1950-1959
    Materials and techniques:  
    - Forged steel
    - Perforated steel sheet 
    Condition: Excellent, fully restored with beautiful patina 
    Wear: Wear consistent with age and use
    Dimensions: Height: 79 cm I Length: 53 cm I Width: 62 cm 
    Seat Height: 51 cm 
    Weight: 10.5 kg  
    Number of items: 1

     

    About Mathieu Mategot (1910-2001)
    Born and educated in Budapest, furniture and tapestry designer Mathieu Mategot moved to France in the early 1930s, where he worked as a window dresser and women’s clothing designer. He learned metalworking techniques as a prisoner of war in the 1940s, and upon his release began designing furniture, pioneering many of what we now identify as midcentury design tropes, like metal-mounted rattan, steel tubing, and perforated sheet metal. By the 1970s, Mategot returned to producing tapestries, many of which evoke Abstract Expressionist paintings.

    Source: https://www.artsy.net/artist/mathieu-mategot

     

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  • Original Edition Nagasaki Chair by Mathieu Mategot, France, 1954 - Spirit Gallery
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    This original Mathieu Mategot "Nagasaki" chair designed in 1954 is one of his best known creations. It incarnates the innovative techniques Mategot is famous for: a unique three legged model built with perforated sheet metal giving it an impression of airiness and an everlasting modern feel to it. It is exposed at the Vitra Design Museum permanent exhibition. We have deliberately decided not to restore the piece in order to maintain its historic feel. 
    The one we have on show is an original 1st edition.  
     
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    Creator: Mathieu Mategot
    Origin: France
    In the style of: Mid-Century Modern
    Date of Manufacture: 1954
    Materials and techniques:  
    - Perforated sheet and tube Metal
    - Paint
    Condition: Worn
    Wear: Wear on metal with perforations that add the item's raw beauty.
    Dimensions:  Height 73 cm I Width 57 cm I Depth 55 cm
    Seat Height: 40 cm
    Weight: 4 kg
    Number of items: 1
     
     
    About Mathieu Mategot
    Born and educated in Budapest, furniture and tapestry designer Mathieu Mategot moved to France in the early 1930s, where he worked as a window dresser and women’s clothing designer. He learned metalworking techniques as a prisoner of war in the 1940s, and upon his release began designing furniture, pioneering many of what we now identify as midcentury design tropes, like metal-mounted rattan, steel tubing, and perforated sheet metal. By the 1970s, Mategot returned to producing tapestries, many of which evoke Abstract Expressionist paintings.
    Source: https://www.artsy.net/artist/mathieu-mategot
     
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  • Pair of SK660 Armchairs by Pierre Guariche for Steiner, France, 1950's - Spirit Gallery
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    SK660 model designed by the renowned French designer Pierre Guariche and manufactured in France for Steiner in the 1950's. 

    This mid-century classic is restored with new upholstery in striking Lelievre Paris fabric in a cotton subtle matt robust twill and re-lacquered legs.
     

     

     

     

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    Creator: Pierre Guariche
    Origin: France
    In the style of: Mid-Century Modern
    Date of Manufacture: 1950's
    Materials and techniques:  
    - Upholstery "Lombok Kaki"
    - Steel
    Condition: Excellent, fully restored
    Wear: Wear consistent with age and use
    Dimensions: Height: 84 cm I Width: 80 cm I Depth 76 cm 
    Seat Height: 40 cm 
    Weight: 14 kg 
    Number of items: 2
     
    About Pierre Guariche

     

    Designer and architect Pierre Guariche was an important voice in the modernist movement of post-war France. Guariche studied under René Gabriel at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and began showing his work in his early 20s. In 1954 he founded the Atelier des Recherches Plastiques (Plastics Research Workshop) with Joseph-Andre Motte and Michel Mortier. Guariche is perhaps best known for his work with the Belgian firm Meurop, where he designed high-quality affordable furniture, specializing in chairs and multidirectional, articulated lighting. His laminated plywood Tonneau chair (1954) for Steiner is a classic of the era.
    Source: https://www.artsy.net/artist/pierre-guariche

     

    About Steiner

     

    Loyal to 80 years of creative tradition, Steiner draws on the talent of designers to create furniture which embodies elegance and modernity. As a testament to their relevance, the pieces they create today will often, over time, become the great classics of tomorrow.
    Source: http://www.steiner-paris.com/en/steiner-paris/collections/furniture.html
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  • Original Art Deco Oak Chair, France, 1930's - Spirit Gallery
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    French Art Deco 1930's wooden spherical chair with engraved details on the inner surfaces.

    Good vintage condition with light crack on the outer right side. 


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    Origin: France
    In the style of: Art Deco
    Date of Manufacture: 1930's
    Materials and techniques:  
    - Sculpted Oak
    Condition: Good vintage condition, crack on the outer right side. 
    Wear: Signs of wear consistent with age and use.
    Dimensions: Height 74 cm I Width 54,5 cm I Depth 37 cm
    Weight: 7,8 kg
    Number of items: 1

     

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  • Adjustable Art Deco/Industrial Cowhide Stool, 1930's - Spirit Gallery
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    Fantastic Art Deco 1930's stool with an adjustable cowhide seat, industrial inspired steel structure with brass sphere details and cabriole style legs.
    All original pieces.

     

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    Origin: France
    In the style of: Industrial
    Date of Manufacture: 1930's
    Materials and techniques:  
    - Steel
    - Brass
    - Cowhide
    Condition: Very good vintage condition, all original pieces with beautiful patina.    
    Wear: Consistent with age and use 
    Dimensions: Height: 50cm I Diameter: 60 cm  
    Weight: 6,5 kg  
    Number of items: 1
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  • Antique Wooden Folding Chair, Napoleon III - Spirit Gallery
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    This curious folding chair from the 19th century Napoleon III era is made out of wood sculpted in bamboo like shape and covered in delicate sheets of gold. It is adorned with bells on the sides of the backrest. The seat is its original upholstery with nailhead trims and in very good condition considering its age. 

     

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    Origin: France
    In the style of: Napoleon III
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials and techniques:  
    - Wood
    - Upholstery
    Condition: Very good antique condition, marks of usage to the wood 
    Wear: Wear consistent with age and use
    Dimensions:  Height: 67 cm I Width: 46 cm I Depth: 48 cm  
    Weight: 2 kg  
    Number of items: 1
     
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  • Pair of Armchairs by Francis Jourdain, France, 1930's - Spirit Gallery
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    Pair of Beechwood armchairs with a raked back by Francis Jourdain produced in the 1930's built out of wood and intertwined rope strings.
    Iconic model represented in the Pompidou Museum in Paris and a sketch of this creation can be found on the artist's wikipedia page.
     
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    Creator: Francis Jourdain
    Origin: France
    In the style of: Art Deco
    Date of Manufacture: 1930's
    Materials and techniques:  
    - Carved Beechwood
    - Intertwined Rope
    Condition: Excellent, fully restored
    Wear: Light 
    Dimensions:  Height: 79 cm I Width: 64 cm I Depth: 73 cm  
    Seat Height:  36 cm
    Weight: 11 kg 
    Number of items: 2

     

    About Francis Jourdain (1876-1958)
    Painter, furniture maker, interior designer, maker of ceramics and other decorative arts Francis Jourdain was a pioneer of the Art Nouveau style and distinguished as a decorator after the Villa Majorelle project in Nancy.
    Jourdain published many articles on modern art and aesthetics in which he attacked the ostentatious luxury that was typical of contemporary French design. His own designs were simple, with straightforward construction.
    He collaborated with Le Corbusier in 1920 in publishing a journal titled L'esprit nouveau, subsidized by the government. It advocated standardization and industrial production as an alternative to individual design, as a requirement to rebuild the shattered French society and economy of the years following World War I. 
    Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Jourdain#/media/File:Francis_Jourdain_417_fauteuil_1930.jpg, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Jourdain
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