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Pair of Polished Steel Bookshelves


Bouy, Jules (American, 1872-1937)
Best known for metal work furniture influenced by New York industrial design and the Modernist movement, the present Jules Bouy bookshelves highlight his celebrated style in polished steel juxtaposed with exaggerated, high-over scrolled sides and simplified three shelf pieces.

Born in Montpelier, France, and raised in Brussels, Bouy developed an appreciation for art and design at a young age influenced by his artist father Gaston Bouy. It was in Brussels where young Bouy established himself as an interior designer, and by 1913 Bouy launched his own design firm. Bouy immigrated to America after World War I, settled in New York City, and worked as a manager for Ferrobrandt under the renowned Art Deco metal work designer Edgar Brandt. Although Bouy also designed more traditional style furniture for L. Alavoine and Company at this time, it was Brandt’s decorative metal work that greatly influenced Bouy’s style. In 1928 Bouy launched the design firm Bouy, Inc., and by the 1930s, Bouy was one of New York’s most sought-after designers for his simpler, sleeker Modernist design style and his use of exotic woods and unusual metals.

Bouy’s work can be found in prestigious private collections as well as museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Smithsonian Institute of Art, Washington D.C, and many more.

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    Pair of Polished Steel Bookshelves

    Bouy, Jules (American, 1872-1937)

    Steel24in h x 31in w x 10in d

    • An Important Main Line, PA Collection
    • Acquired from Maison Gerard, New York, NY