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
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
Ideal for the purist, this set is all original and in excellent
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
The base of the dining table has a
fluted linear design on the legs, with squared block bronze trim and
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
finished with a bronze square plaque in the center of each door.
Doors also feature a bronze trim framing the concentric raised panel
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
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
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
Clearance at door opening: 16 3/8" wide
Left side (wood door) has 1 ( 3 3/4" high) drawer inside and 1
29" wide, 14 1/2" deep. 22" high overall (below drawer)
Opening door width: 25" clearance.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
design from this suite is pictured on page 87 of the
beautiful coffee table book on Maxime Old by Yves Badetz:
Maxime Old in Sept 2000's Architectural Digest:
Additional photos of the suite offered are below:
Sideboard / Credenza:
/ Bar Cabinet