1. Edouard Colonna (1862-1948)
Settee (H. 100 cm; w. 112 cm; d. 51 cm) with two chairs (H. 93 cm; w. 47 cm; d. 47 cm)
Rome, Sorgente Group Collection
Mahogany settee with two chairs upholstered in original material, modelled after the sitting rooms designed by Edouard Colonna, along with Eugène Gaillard and Georges de Feure, for Siegfried Bing’s pavilion at the Paris Exposition of 1900. Colonna’s furniture was admired for its slender and elegant lines, so different from the bulkier works produced by his contemporaries, such as Guimard. The designs were borrowed from the furniture of the Ancien Regime, then reinterpreted in the typical Art Nouveau style. Colonna began his career designing small decorative items and jewelry in 1898 for Siegfried Bing’s gallery L’Art Nouveau in Paris, a meeting point for various artists, from Edvard Munch and Auguste Rodin to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Georges-Pierre Seurat. Indeed, the art movement took its name from this very gallery.