Large mid-century wood & rush chair - Charles Dudouyt (1885-1946)

SKU: 18502

This large, chunky solid wood and rush chair dates from the mid twentieth century and is attributed to Charles Dudouyt's (1885-1946) furniture atelier "La Gentilhommière".
La Gentilhommière:
Founder: Charles Dudouyt
Location: Paris, France
Active Period: 1933-1946
Charles Dudouyt (1885-1946) was a renowned French designer and furniture maker. Born in Paris, Dudouyt initially trained as a painter at the École Germain Pilon. His early career included work in illustration and typography, but his interests soon shifted toward furniture design and interior decoration. Dudouyt founded La Gentilhommière in 1933, a workshop that became known for its unique blend of traditional craftsmanship and modernist design principles. Located in Paris, the workshop produced furniture characterized by the use of rich, textured woods like oak, and featured robust hand-carved details. His designs often integrated geometric shapes and intricate carvings, reflecting the influence of the Art Deco movement.
The furniture produced was known for its practicality, durability, and elegant style, making it popular among collectors and connoisseurs. La Gentilhommière produced a wide range of furniture pieces, including cabinets, tables, chairs, and sideboards. Each piece was crafted with meticulous attention to detail, showcasing Dudouyt's ability to blend rustic charm with sophisticated design elements. The active period of La Gentilhommière spanned from its founding in 1933 until the death of Charles Dudouyt in 1946. With Dudouyt's passing, the production of his distinctive designs ceased, as no successor continued the workshop's operations. This marked the end of La Gentilhommière as a functioning entity.
Although La Gentilhommière's production period was relatively short, the impact of Dudouyt's work remains significant. His furniture pieces are highly valued by collectors and are considered exemplary representations of early 20th-century French design. The legacy of La Gentilhommière endures through the continued appreciation and collection of its unique, hand-crafted furniture. Charles Dudouyt's influence on the world of furniture design is enduring, his pieces remaining sought after for their distinctive blend of traditional and modern elements, and his legacy lives on through the admiration of his work.

Light wear.
Approx. overall 40½" high x 20" x 19" seat height 18"
Approx. overall 103cm high x 51cm x 48cm seat height 46cm

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