Hector Guimard 1867 – 1942
Armchair with folding seat, designed for Humbert de Romans theatre, Paris, 1899.
Lateral legs, seat-braces and arm-rests with plantlife scrolls, in cast steel painted bottle green.
Backrest frame in solid mahogany cut in openwork, upholstered in bottle green moleskine with ‘HR’ monogram.
Folding seat rod-mounted to braces, upholstered in bottle green moleskine with ‘HR’ monogram.
Arm-rests upholstered in bottle green moleskine.
Brass rod tie on back legs has been shortened to adapt to single armchair.
Originally these seats were mounted in rows, with a brass rod tying together the entire row.
– Humbert de Romans theatre, Paris, demolished in 1905. Hector Guimard architect.
– After demolition, a few of these seats were retrieved to fit out a small cinema in the Vézelay region.
– Former Alain Blondel collection.
90 x 64 x 47 cm.
An example is conserved in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
– Hector Guimard, F. Lanier Graham, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1971, pp. 16-17.
– L’aventure éphémère de la salle Humbert de Romans, Georges Vigne, Monuments Historiques, n°175, July – August 1991, p.63.
– Guimard, Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Musée d’Orsay, 1993, p. 234.
– Hector Guimard, Georges Vigne et Felipe Ferré, éditions Charles Moreau et Ferré, 2003, p.118.