Coard possessed an innate ability to compress a wide lexicon of references, from cubism to African sculpture, into consummate examples of art deco furniture
Despite a prolific career that encompassed a series of high profile clients and companies, such as Maison Jansen, the work of furniture designer Marcel Coard (1889–1974) slipped somewhat from the public imagination, until an auction in the early 1970s restored his reputation and sparked a rejuvenated interest in his oeuvre.
During his most modern phase (1928-1935), Coard broke new ground, combining his distinct appetite and skills to create intricate works in lapis lazuli, ebony and shagreen. He too possessed an innate ability to compress a wide lexicon of references, from cubism to African sculpture, into consummate examples of art deco furniture, and in turn helped set the standards for postwar collecting practice.
Among Coard’s most illustrious acolytes were Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, who drew both personal and professional inspiration from the original designs he had installed in the homes of couturier and arts patron Jacques Doucet during the 1930s.
Macassar ebony, bronze, python skin
Stamped MC Coard and parrot pattern
H 75 cm x W 145 x D 80 cm
H 29,6 x W 57 x D 31,5 inches