Andy Warhol was a voracious collector, with a deep passion and a skill for mixing masterpieces from a wide variety of genres, from French Art Deco to American Modernism. The present table is an example of the refined aesthetic that epitomized Warhol's acquisitions. According to Warhol himself, this table was included in his 1972 film L'Amour, which featured another iconic tastemaker, Karl Lagerfeld. L'Amour was filmed in Paris, and upon completion, the table was brought to New York. When discussing this superb piece in an interview in 1974, Warhol casually stated "we use it as a conference table and for lunches." After his death in 1987, the present lot was part of the Collection of Andy Warhol sold at Sotheby's, alongside other masterworks by Pierre Legrain and Jean Dunand that had filled his private residence at 57 East 66th Street.
The table pairs an exceptional ebene de macassar top with a delicately contrasting piece. The top is a tour de force in inlay execution, utilizing the striking figuring of the ebene de macassar in concentric circles of radiating sunbursts. Finished in amboyna, the base in both design and wood selection is dramatically distinguished from the top and epitomizes the exquisite workmanship of this master Art Deco ébèniste. This model was selected by Ruhlmann as a featured work in his own showroom circa 1930.
This table not only exemplifies the extraordinary design and elegance of Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann's furniture, but also epitomizes the distinctive and refined eye of Andy Warhol as a visionary collector.
ébène de macassar and amboyna
30 x 98 3/4 x 65 1/8 in. (76.2 x 250.8 x 165.4 cm)
David Bourdain, New York Magazine, November 11, 1974, pp. 64-65 (for a discussion of the table in Warhol's residence)
Florence Camard, Ruhlmann: Master of Art Deco, Paris, 1983, pp. 145 and 203 (for the model included in the Ruhlmann showroom, 1930)
Florence Camard, Jacques Émile Ruhlmann, Paris, 2009, cd rom catalogue raisonné (for the design drawing of the model)
Andy Warhol, New York, circa 1970
Sotheby's New York, April 23, 1988, lot 349
Private Collection, London
Tajan Paris, October 23, 1996, lot 193
Galerie Jean-Jacques Dutko, Paris
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