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1900s Art Nouveau Gauthier-Poinsignon Ecole Nancy Main Buffet
Camille Gauthier, "Gauthier the Lorraine", was a cabinet maker born in 1870 in Norroy-lès-Pont-à-Mousson.
Gauthier apprenticed for three years at ... moreCamille Gauthier, "Gauthier the Lorraine", was a cabinet maker born in 1870 in Norroy-lès-Pont-à-Mousson.
Gauthier apprenticed for three years at the École Municipale des Beaux-Arts in Nancy where he was crowned by the George Jacquot Prize. It must have been his apprenticeship that influenced his designs as he followed the Art Nouveau ideals of École de Nancy for the majority of his career. The Nancy School spearheaded Art Nouveau in France and found inspiration in nature, featuring flora and fauna imagery on items including furniture, crystal, glass, pottery, and fabrics. Common were representations of gingko, pennywort, giant hogweed, water lily, thistle, gourd, and dragonflies.
Gauthier moved to Paris in 1891 to study at The School of Decorative Arts of Paris (École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs) on a scholarship. He left in 1894 to move back to Nancy to work as a decorator and collaborator with Louis Majorelle. He served as head of the marquetry shop from 1896 to 1900. It was there he designed numerous furniture sets, some of which were shown at the 1900 World Fair.
In 1901 Gauthier and Majorelle parted amicably so that Gauthier could open his own 'art factory' with the financial backing of tapestry designer and upholsterer Paul Poinsignon. That same year Gauthier revisited his roots and became a member of the Ecole de Nancy Board of Management.
Gauthier, Poinsignon & Cie was a modern workshop equipped with the latest machinery imported from the United States. The large showroom was entirely lit with electricity. Catalogues illustrated by Gauthier and the huge showroom helped Gauthier-Poinsignon reach a wider range of customers than that of Emile Gallé and Majorelle.
The upgrades helped them move away from the Majorelle aesthetic and develop their own style, production techniques, and clientele. Their designs were well-made with quality hardware and locally sourced lumber (pulls were of gilded bronze and timber of antediluvian oak trees). Each model could be customized with different decorations and they set their prices at a reasonable level for serial furniture to stay competitive with other showrooms. Financial gain from showroom and mail order catalog sales enabled them to produce more luxurious and expensive Art Nouveau designs.
Gauthier was appreciated in his time and was written up in journals of the day. He was described as a good painter, and elegant draftsman, and an illustrator who created designs for the title pages of La Revue Lorraine. The Country Lorraine reproduced Gauthier's portraits of "gipsies", cocks, and great owls. Gauthier was also highly admired for his extremely elegant embossed leathers.
Gauthier-Poinsignon won many prizes and medals between 1904 and 1907. In 1907-1908, the Patronage Committee for Cheap Housing and Social Welfare ran juried contests for architects and furniture manufacturers. The Commission appealed to furniture manufacturers in Paris and Provence for furniture designs that were Strong & Durable; Comfortable; Simple, Easy, Logical Forms of Construction; Elegant; and Easy to Maintain.
The competition was for the study of the complete furnishing of a dwelling comprising a common room serving as a dining room composed of a piece of furniture to enclose the crockery and the table linen, a table, and six chairs; a bedroom for parents consisting of a bed for two people, a wardrobe for linens and clothes, a night table, and two chairs; a children's bedroom with a bed, a furniture and clothes, and two chairs.
The challenge was in two series containing the same furniture at different cost. A large number of drawings was submitted to the commission from many manufacturers. Only 27 models were admitted that satisfied the conditions of the program. Of those, only 22 models could be produced due to price and manufacturing. These 22 models were exhibited in the Grand Palais where they were examined by the jury.
Gauthier-Poinsignon took the first prizes for both the first and second series.
In 1909 Gauthier-Poinsignon exhibited in Nancy's Exposition Internationale de l'Est de France (International Exhibition of the East of France). The Gauthier-Poinsignon firm was particularly praised for their affordable products and embracing the simplified forms of modern art, 'without vulgarity or banality', in their designs. They were admired for achieving durability without sacrificing individual expression and distinct design, and for their use of local timber and ornamental motifs which were said to infuse the 'hotel' market they served with an aura of calm. It was written at the time that, "One imagines an easy and gentle life in such interiors."
Gauthier-Poinsignon were ahead of their time. They offered Art Deco designs as early as 1910.
Camille Gauthier died in Montricourt in 1963.
The main buffet featured here would have been designed and manufactured between about 1904 and 1906. The carcase is of the local antediluvian oak that Gauthier utilized with cupboard door fronts in a burry cut.
The pulls are in gilded bronze and designed to match the carved motifs based on natural elements, distinct clues of a Gauthier design influenced by the Nancy School.
Other features include a beveled mirror at center, beveled glass windows on each of the side doors, and adjustable shelves in the storage cabinets.
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- 63ʺW × 22ʺD × 79.5ʺH
- 1900 - 1909
- Art Nouveau
- Place of Origin
- Good Condition, Vintage / Antique / Used, Original Condition Unaltered, Some Imperfections
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- Sideboard is clean and ready for use. There are no structural issues nor wear that interferes with use and enjoyment ... moreSideboard is clean and ready for use. There are no structural issues nor wear that interferes with use and enjoyment. Please expect minor signs of use as this item is about 115 years old. less
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