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

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


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

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