A rare and beautifully carved Art Nouveau walnut fireplace surround attributed to Louis Majorelle (1859 – 1926). The moulded shelf, with podium to either side, rests on dramatic angled, naturalistic styled columns fronting the jambs fashioned as slender tree trunks entwined with climbing vines and raised on large round footblocks. The frieze, inner surround and side returns are profusely embellished with delightful, finely carved floral tendrils. French, circa 1900.
Notes: Louis Majorelle was a French decorator and furniture designer who manufactured his own designs. He was one of the outstanding French designers of furniture in the Art Nouveau style at the turn of the 19th century.
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