Writing table in walnut with mother-of-pearl inlay, the rectangular top with a central section with a carved “hammered” surface, flanked by two outer sections outlined with mother-of-pearl circles; the apron outlined with two bands of mother-of-pearl circles and set at front with two shallow drawers with plastic pulls; supported by two carved, fluted vases atop simple rectangular plinths, joined by a rounded footrest.
Height: 28 in (71.1 cm)
Length: 43 ¼ in (109.9 cm)
Depth: 19 ¾ in (50.2 cm)
A similar model of this table is on permanent display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with the Lewis Decorative Arts Collection
Jean Badovici, Harmonies, Interieurs de Ruhlmann, Paris: Editions Albert Morance, 1924, pl. 38, a design for “La Chambre de Madame,” showing the model in a bedroom.
Emmanuel Breon, Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann: the Designer’s Archives, Furniture, Paris: Flammarion, 2004, pp. 52-53 (drawings of the model illustrated).
Emmanuel Breon and Rosalind Pepall, Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco, Paris: Somogy editions d’art, 2004, Exhibition Catalogue, pp. 176-179 and 272 (similar model illustrated).
Emmanuel Breon, et al., Ruhlmann: Génie de l’Art Déco, L’Oeil, Special Edition, Paris: Publications Artistiques Françaises, 2001 (similar model illustrated).
Florence Camard, Ruhlmann: Master of Art Deco, New York: Abrams, 1984, pp. 202 (a photograph of a similar desk in the Hotel Ruhlmann, 1923-24) and 177 (an illustration of a drawing of the bedroom of Baronne Henri de Rothschild in the Chateau de la Muette, 1924, featuring a similar writing table).
Leon Deshairs, L’Art Decoratif Francais: 1918-1925, Paris: Editions Albert Levy, p. 8 (similar model illustrated).
Leon Deshairs, Modern French Decorative Art, London: The Architectural Press, 1926, p. 8 (similar model illustrated).