There have been many important French designers associated with Art Deco and through the 1930's, '40's and beyond who worked in wrought iron. One usually thinks of Edgar Brandt, Raymond Subes, and Paul Kiss. For quite a while, when Art Deco was enjoying its first flush of recognition in the 1970's, Gilbert Poillerat remained relatively unknown. This would soon change as the natural progression of design exploration began to move into the 1930's and beyond, and Poillerat would emerge as one of the most original and important designers of his time.
Gilbert Poillerat was born in 1902 in a small town in France that, oddly, had three names - Mer, Loir et Cher. Like many other furniture designers, he attended the famed École Boulle, where he trained as a metal chiseler and engraver, graduating in 1921. Following his graduation, he worked with arguably the best and most influential wrought-iron master - Edgar Brandt. He worked for Brandt for over seven years in both design and production. There can be no doubt that this time was hugely important, not only in furthering his training and perfecting his technique, but also exposing him to the new ideas that had blossomed forth during the Art Deco movement, when wrought-iron escaped the constraints of tradition that had kept it static for so long.Height 33 in. Width 67 in. Depth 36 in.
Inventory Number: Tab212
The extension top, with (1) 20-inch finished leaf and (4) unfinished each 18.25 in. leaves,
Height 29 in. Diameter 59 in. (table closed) Total opened: 152 in.
Inventory Number: Tab 326
Claude Messier Maitre 1792 Active in Paris at the end of the 18th Century . The top with rounded drop leaves, opening to accommodate 6 leaves, raised on baluster turned legs ending in brass cap casters.Opened: Height 29 in. Length 12 ft. 2 in. Depth 56 3/4 in.
Inventory Number: Tab201
The rectangular top with sliding extensions, the frieze with masked heads in the corners resting on columnar legs joined by wide molded stretchers over globular feet, the table with some period restorations.Height 30 ½ in. Width 38 in. Depth 31 in.
Inventory Number: Tab2