Metal and Rattan Mirror

A Metal and Rattan Mirror

Attributed to Jacques Adnet (1900 - 1984) France, circa 1950

Jacques Adnet's prolific career in design was one of the most significant of his generation. He was a leading furniture designer of the Art Deco style, which came to dominate much of the aesthetic of the early 20th century. During his time as artistic director of La Compagnie des Arts Franc?ais, he led several important interior design projects, working with some of the most revered artists and artisans. Above all, Adnet was committed to high quality of craftsmanship, a value which, for him, is said to have 'transcended notions of the traditional and the modern'. He was passionate about progress in design, and following the Second World War emphasised that contemporary decorative art must continue to thrive amidst hardship, particularly that of his own country.

Adnet's perfectionism and dedication to exceptional quality resulted in furniture of recognisable refinement. He gave particular emphasis to the linear structure of his designs: frames were simplified, with careful, elegant proportions. Subtle, and always exquisitely executed features such as visible leather stitch-work, imitation bamboo frame-work and chromed metal lend texture and sophistication to his pieces.

The delicate structure of this metal and rattan mirror is no exception. The tubular frame comes forward beyond the flat plane of the mirror plate, lending the minimal design an unusual three-dimensionality. The curvature at the pinnacle and two lower corners allude to the swirling baroque forms of a classical gilt mirror-frame, with the golden tones of the beautifully woven rattan adding to this effect. The natural texture and warmth of the material also offer a welcome contrast to the cool metal of the mirror-glass.
Rattan had been introduced to America and Europe from the Philippines in the early 20th century, following the popularity of bamboo and other similar materials during the height of the British Empire. Many were drawn to the 'tropical' nature of these pieces, and the sense of escapism they brought to interior and outdoor spaces - a particularly valuable commodity during the inter and post-war years.
H 65cm x W 49cm x D 8cm
H 25¾" x W 19½" x D 3¼"
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