June 15 2009, 3:32pm

French. Circa 1925. The present table bears a number of characteristics typical of the work of Clément Mère. The use of patinated leather to decorative effect, often incorporating stylised floral patterns, together with the employment faux shagreen engraved ivory decoration can be seen in many of Mère's pieces. The present table also demonstrates Mère's adherence to more traditional classical forms of French furniture. Mère was born in Bayonne in 1870 and began his career as a Salon painter. Mère began designing furniture in the 1910s, and the refinement of his designs and his use of Egyptian motifs was an important part of the evolution of the Art Deco style in France. By 1924 it was clear that Mère was a highly regarded Parisian cabinet-maker. He produced a cabinet for Lord Rothermere and was commissioned to design a desk for Robert de Rothschild, now part of the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.