Early 1960's British
H 52 x W 151 x L 62 cm
A fine early 20th C French oxidised gilt metal verde antico marble table attributed to Raymond Subes (1893-1971). This very rare table is in excellent condition and has been in the same important estate for over 70 years. The original marble top has a superb figuration and colour and the flowing architectural design of the piece wonderfully reflects the naturalistic and fluid style from one of France’s leading 20th C designers and metal workers.
Raymond Subes is one of the most renowned metalworkers of the Art Deco period, alongside other greats such as Edgar Brandt. He studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs, just as the Art Deco period was ushering in. This Art Deco style marks the rising trend towards a pure style which includes stripped calligraphy, interlacing concentric circles, and geometric motifs, which are all particularly characteristic of the 1930s.
Subes received much of his work through government commissions for large ocean going liners such as L’Ile de France (1927), L’Atlantique (1931), Le Liberte (1950) and Le France (1962). He was also heavily in demand from the commercial sector, fulfilling commissions for the Banque de France, the Institut Pasteur, the Caisse des Depots et Consignations and the Musee de la France d’Outre-mer. Much of Subes’ work is unsigned, but is easily identifiable from his unique style.
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