Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (French, Algiers 1865–1953 Le Vésinet)
Walnut, copper, iron, marble, stone
a) H. 56-3/4, W. 54-1/2, D. 24-1/2 in. (144.2 x 138.4 x 62.2 cm)
b) L. 42, W. 11 in. (106.7 x 27.9 cm)
c) L. 53, W. 19, D. 1-1/4 in. (134.6 x 48.3 x 3.2 cm)
d) L. 6-1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
e) L. 6-1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Lévy-Dhurmer entrusted the execution of his designs to a number of highly skilled makers. The woodwork and furniture were made by Édouard-Louis Collet, who covered the door and wall panels with perfectly book-matched quartered walnut veneer inlaid with purplish amaranth wood representing clusters of wisteria blossoms. The embossed leather chair upholstery was supplied by M. Leroy-Desrivières. The wool carpet was woven at the centuries-old Manufacture des Gobelins in Paris. The bronze-and-alabaster standing lamps were made by Falize Frères, a renowned Paris firm that produced high-end metalwork and jewelry. The fireplace surround was handworked by the metalsmith Jean Dunand.
Auguste Rateau, Paris (commissioned 1910–14 for his apartment, 10 bis Avenue Élysées Reclus; d. 1930); René de Montaigu, Paris (1950–66; purchased in 1950 with the lease for Rateau's apartment; sold to MMA)
Pascal Forthuny. "L'Art Décoratif Moderne: Une salle à manger du peintre Lévy-Dhurmer." La Renaissance de l'art français et des industries de luxe 2 (July 1919), pp. 290–94, ill.
Penelope Hunter in "Western European Arts." Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965–1975. New York, 1975, p. 256, ill.
Carol Vogel. "Inside Art: An Art Nouveau Room Thick With Wisteria." New York Times (November 23, 2007), p. E38.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York, 2012, p. 408, ill. (color).