Gatsby Revives Art Deco

Apr 15, 2013, 15:40 ET from Morateur Gallery


LOS ANGELES, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The film that will open the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 15 and will surely emerge as the film event of 2013 is Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, an epic multi-sensorial thrill ride that will put the 1920s smack in The Now.

Expect flapper styles to come to the fore along with anything and everything that echoes Gatsby-esque dreams of excess and jubilation. Notably, the lavish sets will remind us of that aspirational type of beauty, the utter exquisiteness of the Art Deco style inspired by Tutankhamen's tomb, the advent of the automobile, the rise of the machine, and pure optimism.

The hunt for Art Deco will be on.

Morateur Gallery is the only gallery in Los Angeles that specializes in authentic, documented French Art Deco furniture and art. The owner, Philippe Morateur, has been an art and antiques dealer for the last 25 years and has been hired by French auction houses as an expert for over a decade.

Morateur Gallery is now showing six of the unique museum piece glass panels that Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann designed in 1924 for the legendary Le Drouant restaurant in Paris. These panels, measuring 7 feet high by 14 feet wide, are the only publically accessible objets from the comprehensive Ruhlmann-designed interior that included the mosaics on the floor and ceiling, the chairs, tables, textiles, and railings. The French government has now classified all of the remaining elements of the Ruhlmann Drouant design as protected under le Patrimoine Francais.

These panels have garnered interest from Los Angeles- and New York-based art institutions but are staying on the floor at the gallery until further notice.

The glass panels and other museum pieces such as a 1935 palm wood and oxidized brass desk by Eugene Printz and a 7-foot gold inlaid panel created by A. A. Rateau for the 1925 Decorative Arts Exhibition in Paris can be seen at the gallery Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Morateur acquires the gallery's collection through various sources, mostly from private collections and auction houses in France. Morateur Gallery features works by Printz, Prou, Jaillot, Adnet, Old, Leleu, Jansen, Rateau, and of course, Ruhlmann.

Press Inquiries:
Jennie D.
Morateur Gallery
735 N. La Cienega
Los Angeles, CA 90069

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