Settee from the S.S. Normandie
Jules Leleu (1883–1961, French)
ebony wood and cloth upholstery
31 3/4 x 65 x 34 inches
Jules Leleu designed this settee for the “Trouville” appartement de luxe, one of the luxury rooms on the S.S. Normandie ocean liner. In 1935, the S.S. Normandie’s maiden voyage won it the Atlantic speed record for the next three years. The ship was celebrated as an example of French technological achievement and was treated as a floating version of the 1925 Exposition Universelle des Arts Décoratifs, with French designers commissioned to decorate the ship’s interiors in the Art Deco style. The attached wooden shelves create a stylish and convenient place to set a cocktail while lounging on the settee.
ON VIEW in Art Deco Gallery 6
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art