Louis Majorelle / Silk Textile / 1900-1910Louis Majorelle
Silk Textile

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Creator Name: Majorelle, Louis
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Designed by
Creator Dates/Places: 1859 - 1926
Biography: Louis Majorelle, the son of a cabinet-maker, Auguste Majorelle, who worked in Nancy and specialized in reproduction 18th C. furniture. He was trained as a painter (under Millet in Paris) but gave up on painting and returned to Nancy to run the family workshops when his father died in 1879. Until 1890 he continued to work, like his father, in 18th C. styles for furniture. In the 1880s Gallé's first Art Nouveau pieces of furniture were made (in Nancy), and by 1900 Majorelle had so successfully turned over to the new style that he had become the main producer of Art Nouveau furniture adn perhaps Europe. He mechanized his workshops, which were said to have been 'organized in the manner of a big industrial concern': and although his factory produced nothing that could not have been made as well, if not better, by the techniques of hand-craftsmanship, it was able to produce luxury furniture at a price within the range of the middle class.
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Louis Majorelle
Title: Silk Textile
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 1910
Creation Date: 1900-1910
Object Type: Textiles
Materials and Techniques: tabby, patterned with complementary weft floats; silk
Dimensions: Overall: 46.6cm x 31.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1986.179
Credit Line: Gift of Lloyd and Barbara Macklowe
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
AMICA ID: CMA_.1986.179
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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