Gilbert Poillerat (1902 – 1988) French Designer and metalworker

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Gilbert Poillerat featured image

Gilbert Poillerat (1902 – 1988) was a French Designer and metalworker.

Education

Until 1921, he studied engraving at the Ɖcole Boulle in Paris.

Biography

Between 1921 and 1927, he worked as a designer and creator of wrought-iron furniture and furnishings for metalworker Edgar Brandt on Paris’s Rue Marat.

In 1927, he started working for Baudet, Donon et Roussel, a carpentry and metal construction workshop. He was in charge of the new wrought iron section. Grillework, tables, chairs, consoles, screens, lighting, and firedogs were all designed and manufactured by him. Poillerat’s metalwork was rendered in characteristic winding calligraphic forms in various media ranging from jewellery to clothing.

He created an ornamental door with folk scenes for a scholarly group in Maisons-Alfort in 1934, low-cost jewellery for couturier Jacques Heim, and a bronze door for the ocean liner Normandie in 1935.

Work for the Bibliotheque Nationale and the Palais de Chaillot were among the commissions. He established his workshop and became a professor at the Ecole Nationale des Arts DĆ©coratifs in 1946. After abandoning furniture and furnishings, he turned to monumental wrought-iron work, completing commissions for public and governmental buildings, as well as the Palais de l’ElysĆ©e.

In 1957, he designed the ironwork on the facade of Strasbourg’s new synagogue. He frequently collaborated with Jacques Adnet.

Exhibition

Poillerat’s grille was first seen at the 1928 Salon d’Automne, where he presented his work for the first time.

Sources

‘Astrolabes et Passementeries’ A Marble and Gilt-Wrought-Iron Table, circa 1946. GILBERT POILLERAT (1902-1988). (n.d.). https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5328840.

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

Gilbert Poillerat (1902-1988) – Wrought Iron Lamps. AnticStore. (n.d.). https://www.anticstore.art/84476P.

Pair of Gilbert Poillerat Style Parcel-Gilt and Black Iron Wall Mirrors. For Sale at 1stDibs. (n.d.). https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/mirrors/wall-mirrors/pair-of-gilbert-poillerat-style-parcel-gilt-black-iron-wall-mirrors/id-f_15427272/.

Additional Reading

Brevik-Zender, H. (2018). Fashion, modernity, and materiality in France: From Rousseau to Art Deco. State University of New York.

Chadenet, S. (2001). French furniture: From Louis Xiii to Art Deco. Bulfinch.

Delacroix, H. (2017). Art Deco interiors. Dover Publications, Inc.

Goetz, A. (2021). Presidential Residences in France. FLAMMARION.

Goss, J. (2014). French art deco. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hardy Alain-RenƩ. (2003). Art Deco textiles: The French designers. Thames & Hudson.

Verlet, P. (1991). French furniture of the Eighteenth Century. University Press of Virginia.

Wannenes, G. (2000). Eighteenth Century French furniture. Editions Vausor.

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    With more than 80 stunning photographs, Masterpieces of French Jewelry offers a fascinating look at the most remarkable pieces that found their way into prominent American collections. Like all art, this delightful array of jewelry mirrors the evolving culture of its time. Chapters in this book explore jewelry of the Victorian Era and the Art Nouveau period of the early twentieth century; Art Deco; 1940s retro; up through the 1960s and more contemporary styles.Read More →

  • Perfect French Country: Inspirational interiors from rural France

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    In Perfect French Country Ros Byam Shaw celebrates relaxed rural France at its finest, visiting timeless and beautiful French country homes that feature ancient beams and stone fireplaces, panelled rooms and attics under steeply-pitched pantiles.Read More →

  • LĆ©on Ledru (1855 -1926) French glassmaker

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    LĆ©on Ledru (1855-1926) was a French glassmaker and designer. He was the manager of the design department of the Cristalleries du Val-Saint-Lambert in Belgium for 38 years. Through the work the firm showed at the 1897 Brussels ‘Exposition Internationale,’ he stimulated interest in avant-garde design.Read More →

  • Marcel Guillemard (1886 – 1932) French Decorator and furniture designer

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    Marcel Guillemard (1886 – 1932) was a French decorator and furniture designer. He was born and professionally active in Paris.Read More →

  • Louis Midavaine (1888 – 1978) French accessories and furniture designer

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    Louis Midavaine (1888 – 1978) was a French accessories and furniture designer. He was born in Roubaix. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Roubaix.Read More →

  • Marcel Gascoin (1907 – 1986) French furniture designer and decorator

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    Marcel Gascoin (1907 – 1986) was a French furniture designer and decorator. He studied architecture, at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts DĆ©coratifs, Paris, under Henri Sauvage. Read More →

  • Henri Navarre (1885 ā€“ 1970) French sculptor architect and silversmith

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    Henri Navarre (1885 – 1970) was a French sculptor, architect, silversmith, and glassmaker. He was born in Paris. He served apprenticeships in architecture, goldsmithing, and silver-smithing. He studied wood carving at the Ɖcole Bernard Palissy and stained glass and mosaics, Conservatoire des Arts et MĆ©tiers, both in Paris.Read More →

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Bertel Gardberg Finnish Jeweller and Metalworker – Encyclopedia of Design

Bertel Gardberg was a Finnish jeweller and metal worker. Between 1938-1941 he studied at Taideteollin Korkeaukoulu, Helsinki. He began his working life in Copenhagen. Gardberg moved to Helsinki where hemaintained a studio between 1949-1966. He was responsible for stainless steel and silver designs produced by the Georg Jensen Solvsmedie; Galeries Lafayette department store, Paris and Kilkenny Design workshops, Dublin.

Jacob Prytz (1886 – 1962) Norwegian metalworker and designer – Encyclopedia of Design

Jacob Prytz (1886 – 1962) was a metalworker and designer from Norway. He was born and raised in Oslo, where he also worked. He studied at Kristiania’s Statens Hndverks-og Kunstindustriskole and in Paris. Before taking over as director of J. Tostrup in Kristiania from his father, Thorolf Prytz, he worked in London and Paris in 1912.

Robert Bonfils (1886 – 1972) French Graphic Artist, Painter and Designer

Born in Paris, Robert Bonfils (1886 – 1972) was a French graphic artist, painter, and designer. He studied at the Ɖcole Germain-Pilon in 1903 and at the Ɖcole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1906. He worked for Henri Hamm, a furniture designer.

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