Medium: French walnut and chromed metal
Dimensions: 68.5 in high x 60 in base
With this supremely elegant lamp Jules Leleu inverted his traditional use of materials, accenting a chromed metal piece with walnut details, rather than the other way around. The exquisite, simple arrangement is perhaps most remarkable at its base, which is composed of three perfectly carved, gently sloping feet.
An identical floor lamp was exhibited in the two museum retrospectives on Leleu: Leleu 50 ans de mobilier et de décoration, 1920-1970 at the Musée des Années 30, in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris, France (2008) and at La Piscine, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie André Diligent, in Roubaix, France (2007).
An identical floor lamp is in the permanent collection of the Musée des Années 30.
For an illustration of an identical floor lamp, see the exhibition catalog, Leleu - 50 ans de mobilier et de décoration 1920-1970. Paris: Somogy Editions d’art, 2007. 77.