Copper Modernist Table Attributed to Djo Bourgoies

1934  French

Table top: H: 73 W 102  L 178cm 

[Ref: 2136]

A rare modernist table, attributed to Djo Bourgeois (1898 - 1937), the rectangular glass top supported by a copper base of two symmetrical circles with x- stretcher on a flat base with raised ends.

A table of very similar form is shown in the apartment of Monsieur Richemond in Paris, designed by Djo Bourgeois. "The design of the table with lacquered surface and circular metal supports is a striking feature" (page 70; Decorative Art 1934, Year book of "The studio").

Djo Bourgeois was part of the youngest generation of French Art Deco designers who were subsequently attracted to the ethics and aesthetics of Modernism towards the end of the 1920s. Born in Bezons (Seine et Oise), Djo Bourgeois graduated from the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in 1922. In 1923 he joined Le Studium Louvre and began exhibiting at the Salon. Le Studium Louvre saw his adventurously Modern designs as providing an opportunity to compete with the work of Charlotte Perriand and Mallet-Stevens. At first Djo Bourgeois preferred lacquered wood and glass, but soon discovered steel, aluminium and concrete. He left Le Studium Louvre in 1929. His last exhibit before his death was a dining room with moveable partitions at the 1936 Salon.

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