Clément Mère (1861 – 1940) French painter, tabletier, designer and furniture maker

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Clément Mère (1861 – 1940) was born in Bayonne and active in Paris. He was a French painter, table-builder, artist and furniture builder.

He studied painting with Jean-Léon Gérôme at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

In the Art Nouveau style, he crafted bookbindings, embroidery, and artefacts. He entered the stable of Julius Meier-Graefe at La Maison Moderne, Paris, where he met Franz Waldraff, with whom he designed and created intricate ivory panels and boxes of wood and ivory, and supplied dress fabrics, buttons and other materials for dressmakers.

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He specialised in making expensive furniture made of exotic woods and fabrics on his own. His training as a painter and maker of overlays inspired his cabinets, cases, desks and decorative work. Rather than Cubist, his forms were classically geometric.

A selection of his works

CLEMENT MERE – TWO BOXES AND A BOWL, CIRCA 1900 – Art Nouveau | Art Déco – Antiquaire à Monaco | Robert Zehil Gallery

TWO BOXES AND A BOWL, CIRCA 1900 Ivory with a stylized decor Bearing the monogram CM underneath The bowl: 2.3 cm. high; 6 cm. diameter The box: 2.2 cm. high; 4.3 cm. diameter The box: 4 cm. high; 3.2 cm. diameter

Clément Mère

Clément Mère (1861-1940) – Rare ivory box inlaid with red corals. The box is partially gilded and has an etched “caillouté” (speckled decoration. H.: 3 cms. Width: 6,5 cms. Lenth: 5 cms. Period: 1922-1925. Condition: Good considering age, some fading of gilding. For a period of time at the beginning of the 20th.

clément, mère circular box ||| object ||| sotheby’s n09238lot7tqv9en

Born in the South of France, Clément Mère learned painting with Gérôme at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He painted several landscapes that were exhibited at the Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts in the 1890s. In 1900, he worked for the Gallery La Maison Moderne in Paris, where he met the German painter Franz Waldraff.

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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