Important French Art
Nouveau Bedroom Suite, 9 pieces
by Gauthier Poinsignon & Cie.
Exhibited at Le Salon d'Automne
Circa 1910, France
School of Nancy
Crafted in solid, hand carved pale cherry wood.
Maple leaves and figs are hand carved onto each piece.
The organic design is remembered on the decorative cast bronze, gilded door
and drawer hardware that adorns each cabinet piece.
All original with the original French polished finish restored.
This is a suite for the serious Art Nouveau collector,
the strong design and fluid details have both masculine and feminine
This suite would also fit perfectly into an Arts & Crafts /
celebrates it's 100th Birthday in the fall of 2010 !
Documented in Book : The Paris
Volume III (3) : Furniture by Alastair Duncan
pages 252-3 (Pictured below)
Art Nouveau Bedroom Suite by Gauthier - Poinsignon & Cie.
Exhibited at Le Salon d'Automne
Circa 1910, France
School of Nancy
down to see the bio on Gauthier - Poinsignon & Cie.
and information on the exhibition.
We are very pleased to
opportunity to offer this important Museum quality suite to our clientele.
Art Nouveau Bedroom Suite, includes:
-European Full Size Bed ( if you forgo using the side rails, you could use
head /Foot board with an American Queen Size mattress/box spring.)
-Left and right nightstands
-Large 3 door armoire with center mirror
-Vanity with mirror
-Pair of chairs
-Round cherry wood chandelier with frosted glass panel
- A gold velvet wall tapestry with stenciled Maple Leaf pattern that hangs
on a twisted decorative iron rod, supported by two carved cherry wood
Detail and Dimensions for
each piece is listed below:
Art Nouveau Bed :
Complete with headboard, footboard,
side rails and original screws.
Hand Carved Maple Leaf and Fig details carved on both headboard and
Arched top on center of headboard, remembers the arch on the top of the
Fluid Art Nouveau design
is used to frame the entire bed, even the feet.
Although this Bed was made
for a European Full Size mattress, you could use the head /
Foot board with an American Queen Size mattress/box spring and store away
the side rails.
Bed Dimensions: Headboard:
58 7/8 wide, 58 1/8 high at center, 53 1/8 high at ends.
Footboard: 58 7/8 wide, 31 Ύ high at center, 32 1/8 high at ends.
Side rails: 78 Ύ long alone. 6 Ύ high alone.
inside frame (where the mattress & box spring will be)
55 Ό wide, 79 from head to foot. Side rails 11 ½ off the floor.
There is 16 Ύ from the floor to the edge of the finished edge of the
Art Nouveau Pair of
left and right nightstands:
Both nightstands feature the
original neutral tan/ beige marble tops.
Skillfully hand carved Maple leaf and fig design with beautiful decorative
hardware that repeats the organic carved theme.
Two graduating, tiered corner shelves above the marble tops.
The left nightstand is an open design with lower shelf and single drawer.
Right nightstand is an enclosed cabinet with the original porcelain chamber
and single drawer.
Dimensions: Left: 38 3/8
high to top shelf, 31 3/8 to the marble top, 16 wide, 15 deep.
Clearance between shelf and bottom of drawer: 20 3/8 high.
Right: 38 3/8 high to top
shelf, 31 3/8 to the marble top, 16 wide, 15 deep.
Clearance between shelf and bottom of cabinet: 10 5/8 high.
Art Nouveau Vanity
with adjustable mirror.
Lower drawers and left and right smaller, upper drawers.
No detail left unnoticed, even the bronze screws for the mirror
match the drawer pulls on the smaller drawers.
Vanity top has an inset area that would be perfect to place a protective
glass top (optional).
This area measures: 12 3/8 deep, 33 ½ wide.
Dimensions: 56 Ύ high
with mirror. 28 7/8 to top of vanity surface.
36 Ύ wide, 24 deep.
Knee space: 22 ½ high, 30 3/8 wide.
Interior of lower drawers: 19 Ό from back to front. 13 3/8 wide, 3 ½
Framed mirror: 21 5/8 high, 15 Ύ wide with frame. Frame is 1 Ό wide.
Pair of Art Nouveau
Side Chairs with repeated carved
design of leaves and figs.
Fluid leg and frame design as all the pieces
New Art Nouveau upholstery fabric now adorns the sets.
We have additional fabric available if you wish to purchase more for custom
bedding, drapery or other seating.
See Fabric # ANF4
Dimensions: 37 ½ high
back, 16 deep, 17 Ό wide.
Seat: 17 Ύ high, 14 Ύ deep, 17 wide, tapering to 13 wide at back.
Art Nouveau Armoire.
Large and dramatic 3 door armoire that offers ample storage and the original
beveled mirrored center door.
Note that the black & white period Exhibition photo shows
this was also offered with all mirrored doors,
new mirrors could be added to the left and right doors if so
Left and right doors repeat the hand carved Maple leaf and fig designs,
along with the arched top.
Fluid hand carved frame design and drawer fronts.
Gilded bronze drawer pulls and door pulls. Key locking doors and drawers.
The doors also have a tension style latch to keep the doors shut while
The interior has a combination of adjustable shelves ( 3 in center, 4 on
And left side has 9 fixed
pull out drawers with the original wood drawer stops.
The inside of the mirrored door has a pale golden birdseye finished wood
We believe the mirror to be original and it is in wonderful condition,
showing only minor age.
Dimensions: 77 1/8 wide, 21 ½ deep (plus hardware projects 1 ½)
94 high at center, 87 Ύ high at ends.
-Mirrored Center door (only): 68 5/8 high, 31 7/8 wide.
-Inside center cabinet behind mirrored door: 18 3/8 deep, 33 7/8 wide, 69
½ high behind door, plus the height behind the arched top adds up to 75
inside at the center.
-Side Doors: 18 7/8 wide, 68 7/8 high.
-Side (End) Cabinets with pull outs(left side) or adjustable shelves (right
side) 19 Ύ deep, 20 3/8 wide (opening 19 wide), 72 high.
-Lower Drawers, interior dimensions:
bottom side drawers: 5 Ό high, 17 ½ deep. 17 7/8 wide.
center drawer: 28 Ό wide, 18 Ό deep, 5 1/8 high.
Certainly the input of tapestry artist, Paul Poinsignon,
this suite includes the original tapestry and brackets, which
were also exhibited at the Salon.
In the exposition, this was hung behind the bed, see the
period photo below.
The exhibition bedroom also featured a painted leaf motif border at the
Large golden velvet wall
hanging, with embossed, stenciled Maple Leaves and figs
in shades of rust,
gold, greens and beige.
Sewn onto large Patina brass rings that hang on a
large twisted decorative iron rod with brass finials.
The rod is then
suspended with large hand carve cherry wood wall brackets that match the
Overall picture to be
added-we have to actually mount this to a wall to photograph this properly.
In the meantime, please see the detail pictures here for photos of the wood
brackets and a close-up of the velvet.
alone: 90 high, 5 wide on hooks-however the rod is actually 88 Ό long.
The wood brackets are 40 high overall, the part that attaches to the wall
is 34 Ό high.
14 1/8 projection at top, 1 ½ projection at bottom.
chandelier came from the same house as the bedroom suite and matches,
therefore we are including it.
We are not 100% that it is from this suite-it
may have been added or custom made
for the bedroom to match the suite.
Simple round chandelier in
hand carved cherry wood,
with a round frosted glass disc in center.
Suspended from three brass chains. 3 sockets for European bulbs are intact.
Chandelier Photos and Dimensions: to be added soon.
Condition of the Bedroom
In excellent antique, original condition, with the original French
polished finish restored.
This suite was obviously very well cared for over
the last 100+ years.
As you would expect with wood furniture of this age,
there have been a few minor touch ups over the years,
only noticeable upon
VERY close inspection.
There is some minor splitting on the right nightstand
but this is not bothersome and is considered normal for a
solid carved piece of this age.
Chair seats have been re-upholstered (November 2008).
this bedroom suite / set is exceptional not only in design, but also in
ADFB85: Price: $ 69,000.
down to view detail photos.
Designer Bio & Exhibit Information :
Gauthier & Poinsignon:
Gauthier was born in Norry-les-Pont-ΰ-Mousson, France in
1870. In 1891 he finished his apprenticeship at the Ecole
des Beaux-Arts de Nancy and proceeded onto the Ιcole des
Arts Dιcoratifs of Paris. In 1894 he began work as
an apprentice and designer for Louis Majorelle. Many of his
piece were exhibited at the 1900 World's Fair. In 1901 he
left Majorelle to pursue his own business. He became
a member of the management team of the school of Nancy and
joined forces with the tapestry designer, Paul Poinsignon,
to create Gauthier Poinsignon & Cie. Poinsignon 's financial
backing allowed Gauthier to set up their own shop, using new
equipment and techniques. Having
practical experience with
Majorelle, they create a more modernized furniture shop,
focused on the specific needs and requests from their
clients, allowing them to serve more customers than the
shops of Majorelle or Galle. As the styles progressed, the
firm 's styles changed, also making fine French Art Deco
furnishings in the 1920's and 30's. They continued to
exhibit at all of the major exhibitions, including
The Exposition Internationale des Arts Dιcoratifs et
Industriels Modernes in 1925 (International Exposition of
Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts) where Art Deco was
introduced to the world. Camile Gauthier lived until 1963,
where he passed away in Montricourt.
The first Salon
dAutomne was held on October 31, 1903, at the Petit-Palais. The Salon dAutomne
was established as an alternative to the conservative
official Salon. Exhibit organizers chose autumn as the time
of year for their shows because most other exhibits in Paris
took place in the spring and summer. The venue was a
significant force in the development of modern art in
Europe. The Petit-Palais was built to house the First
Exposition of the 20th Century, The Exposition Universelle of 1900,
the world's fair held in Paris, France, to celebrate the
achievements of the past century and to accelerate
development into the next. The style that was universally
present in the Exposition was Art Nouveau. It is home today
to the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts (musιe des
beaux-arts de la ville de Paris).
Vintage Photos of the Petit-Palais, where the 1910 Le Salon
d'Autome was held
Each side shown below, with right and left
Inside views of bed frame:
Nightstand - left
Nightstand - right
Vanity & Chairs
Wall Tapestry & Chandelier:
Pics to be added