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French Art Deco / Art Moderne Complete Dining Suite
by Maxime Old, book documented
Circa early 1940's, France

Rare, complete dining suite by noted furniture designer, Maxime Old.
Elegant and simple classic design, able to blend in almost any style of decor.

This beautiful solid Mahogany Suite includes: a large sideboard, a small server / buffet / bar cabinet with glass display, rectangular dining table with original leaves and 6 matching dining chairs, with the original velvet upholstery.

Original black and white marble tops and solid bronze feet, decorative trim and hardware. Key locking cabinets.
Ideal for the purist, this set is all original and in excellent condition.

The recently published Maxime Old coffee table book and article in Architectural Digest have begun a new appreciation for this (previously under valued) designer.

The simple and classic design features solid carved mahogany in linear designs that are repeated 
or remembered in some form on each piece. The use of bronze in a squared off linear or block design 
is also used on each piece to tie the designs together visually.

Please see the biography at the bottom of this Dining Suite description for more information on Maxime Old.

The base of the dining table has a fluted linear design on the legs, with squared block bronze trim and feet.
The original solid mahogany extension leaves are included. 

The set of six dining chairs each have a linear raised design
on the area of the chair below the inside back cushion, just above the seats. 

The chair frame and legs have a Modernist angular design and are very sculptural.
The original neutral brown velvet upholstery is intact, clean and free of damage. 
It shows very little wear and can be kept or replaced to suit your decor.

The large sideboard / credenza feature a 3 door raised panel design, in a squared concentric pattern, 
finished with a bronze square plaque in the center of each door. 
Doors also feature a bronze trim framing the concentric raised panel design.
Square block bronze feet and squared linear bronze trim remember the base of the smaller buffet and dining table. 
The interior of the sideboard offers ample storage with 5 adjustable shelves and a single drawer for flatware. 
The original black and white marble top is intact. If you have a small dining room and do not have
room for this piece, you may wish to consider using this piece in a living room, under a large flat screen TV, 
as it is ideal to place audio/ video equipment in. All three doors are key locking. 
This design is documented in the Maxime Old book, see details below.

The small server - buffet / bar cabinet has the same overall design of the larger sideboard, 
but with a right side clear glass door, to display china, glassware or barware. 
It may also be used as a bar or dessert cabinet. It shares the same bronze details as the sideboard and table base. The black marble top (with white veins) is original and likely from the same slab as the marble top 
on the larger sideboard. Both sides are key locking.

Dimensions of each piece:

3 door Sideboard / Credenza: 90 5/8" wide overall, 20 1/8" deep, 37 3/8" high on right and left sides with wood top. 
Center is slightly higher with marble top, 38 1/4" high. 
Interior cabinets: 17 1/2" deep on each side with adjustable 31" wide, 16 3/4" deep shelves.
Center cabinet with adjustable shelf (27" wide and 16 3/4" deep) and one 22" wide center drawer.

Buffet or Bar Cabinet Dimensions: 51 1/4" wide, 18 1/4" deep, 37" high on left side (wood top) and 
37 3/4" high on right side with marble top. 
Interior dimensions: Right Side (with glass door) : 14 3/4" deep, 20 1/4" wide. 
1 shelf, 11 3/4" high (top shelf) and 13 1/4" high on lower shelf. 
Clearance at door opening: 16 3/8" wide
Left side (wood door) has 1  ( 3 3/4" high) drawer inside and 1 shelf. 
29" wide, 14 1/2" deep. 22" high overall (below drawer)
Opening door width: 25" clearance.

Dining Table: 70 7/8" long (without leaves), 39 3/8" wide. 30" high. Tabletop is 1 1/2" thick, Apron 1 3/8" high.
Original Leaves: 19 3/4" long each, 39 1/4" wide.
Base dimensions: 26 1/2" wide, 44" long. 26 7/8" high without top/apron.

Set of 6 Original Dining Chairs: 32 3/4" high back, 18" wide at the front of the seat, tapering to 15 5/8" wide at back,
18 1/2" deep overall. Seat 18 1/4" high, 16" deep. 

Condition: In excellent overall original condition as shown. Original fabric also in excellent condition.
Only minor repair needed is to the table leaf and will be done upon purchase when finish is selected. 
(see price options below for more details)

Because of the importance of this suite and the rare option of offering it as a complete set, 
we are offering this only as a suite.

Item # FADDS48: Price: $ 50,000. as shown. 
This includes either a waxed finish or hand rubbed oil finish and will be done upon request at time of purchase.  Additional options for staining or spray refinishing upon request, for an additional fee.

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Bio:
Maxime Old (1910-1991) was born on December 13, 1910 in Maisons-Alfort. He was the son and nephew of cabinetmakers, therefore creating his own designs in wood seemed a natural ability. 

A former pupil of the Boulle School and an apprentice of Master Jacque Emile Jacques Ruhlmann, Maxime passionately conceived his designs in wood as sculpture, keeping them free of elaborate decoration. 

Following Ruhlmann's example, he understood the importance of functionalism and the task of  concealing itself in the purity of forms and delicacy of styling. He created a variety of furniture pieces in a progression of styles throughout his life, until he passed away in 1991.

The sideboard design from this suite is pictured on page 87 of the beautiful coffee table book on Maxime Old by Yves Badetz:

   

Article on Maxime Old in Sept 2000's Architectural Digest:

   

   

Additional photos of the suite offered are below:

Sideboard / Credenza:

   

   

   

   

Buffet / Bar Cabinet

   

   

   

   

Dining Table

   

Dining Chairs

   

   

   
 

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