The Classical Debate continues!

To go for modern look or settle for classical look?

    French sculptor and designer (1883-1961)

    JULES-EMILE LELEU was born and raised in Boulogne-sur-Mer and studied there at the Academie des Beaux-Arts with Theophile Deman. He studied also at a private academy in Brussels and at the Ecole Jean Goujon and Ecole des Arts Appliques in Paris.

  • His design aesthetic moderated over time, from the neotraditionalism of his 1920s work, including his presentation at the pivotal L'Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes in Paris – to more simple lines and techniques in the 1930s and a return to a more decorative, but reinterpreted style in the 1940s. Leleu received numerous government commissions for official and semi-official decors.

  • Leleu began showing his sculptural work in 1905 at the salons of the Societe des Artistes Francais. In 1922 he showed his design work at the same salon for the first time and later at the Salons of the Societe des Artistes Decorateurs, the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Tuileries. Leleu’s career continued through the 1950s when he worked also with his son, Andre and his daughter Paule.

    This is a NeoClassic Section

    Art Deco, also known as style moderne, was the dominant decorative arts and architecture movement in Western Europe and the United States in the 1920s and 1930s. The term Art Deco first appeared in 1966 as the title of a London

  • Born from a rejection of Victorian styles, Art Deco was a reaction to Art Nouveau and found inspiration from Bauhaus, Cubism, and even Serge Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. The discovery of King Tutankhamun's Tomb in 1922 brought ancient Egyptian geometric forms like the pyramids into vogue along with a renewed interest in the architectural symmetry of Classical Greece and Rome. An increased fascination with Native

  • colors, symbols, and motifs such as nude female figures, animals, foliage, and sun rays. Fine polish, lacquer work, and gilding are found in abundance throughout Art Deco design and its unusual combination of the ancient and the modern make it one of the most popular styles today. Art Deco design and its unusual combination of the ancient and the modern make it one of the most popular styles today.

  • nspired by the archaeological discovery of the Herculaneum and Pompeii in Italy, the European Neoclassical movement began in the mid 18th century as an attempt to return from the frivolity and excesses of the Baroque and Rococo periods to the perceived purity of classical Rome. Neoclassical style became the dominant force in

  • countries across Europe and the Americas. As a result, Neoclassical has a variety of different names: in France it is called Louis XVI, in England it is named Late Georgian, and in the United States it is often referred to as Federal or Empire. Neoclassical design is based on the principles of Euclidean geometry and is characterized by

  • Doric inspired columns, capitals, and bronze ornamentation are combined with fine stones and marquetry to achieve dramatic beauty within a simplicity of form. Neoclassical furniture endures today as the paragon of restrained luxury, sophistication, and elegance. sophistication, and elegance.