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Design Art, Interiors, Doors, Art Deco Grille Pattern, French Vintage Watercolor, c. 1930s


Raymond Subes (1893-1970) (designer)
[Design for Art Deco Doors]

M. Caillat, Rue de Cotte, Paris: c. 1935-37
Pencil on paper, highlighted with white watercolor
Titled and numbered in lower margin
Stamped verso by M. Caillat, Paris
12.5 x 18.75 inches, overall
Provenance: James R. Lamantia, Jr.

An original rendering for Art Deco glass and ironwork grille doors and window panels. According to an inscription with the title, they were designed for the corners of a building at Rue de Lagny/ Rue des Pyrénées and at Rue des Maraîchers. These corners coincide with two side entrances to the Lycée Hélène Boucher in the 20th arrondissement of Paris. As shown in the above image from Google maps, Lycée Hélène Boucher occupies an entire city block, with four wings that wrap around a central courtyard. The main entrance on Cours de Vincennes has three large grille doors with similar designs to the central doors in the rendering.


Current photographs of the building corner of Lycée Hélène Boucher on Rue de Lagny/ Rue des Pyrénées show similar doors and window panels to those in this design — 2 glass doors with long vertical handles each flanked by a glass panel window, en suite. The glass doors and window panels are horizontally divided into three rectangular sections decorated with a symmetrical linear design. The design that was ultimately used (shown in the photograph above) differs in several respects, notably that the delicate repeating design of curves and triangles of the design has been replaced by a right-angled geometric design.

The drawing is stamped with the name of a Parisian wrought iron fabricator and restorer. According to a history of the Lycée produced in 1987 for its 50th anniversary, the doors to the main entrance were designed by the French designer Raymond Subes, one of the leading designers of decorative ironwork during the Art Deco period.

Lycée Hélène Boucher was constructed in 1937 as the first high school for girls in Eastern Paris, with a capacity of 1,800 students. Designed by French architect Lucien Sallez, it was built in 1937 in the Art Deco style and named for a pioneering female aviator who died in 1934 at the age of 26. Among the school’s famous alumnae is the author Françoise Sagan. Today it operates as a combined high school and college, now known as Collège et Lycée Hélène Boucher.

Titled, incribed and numbered in lower margin: Grille. Angle R. Lagny Pyrénée — Angle R. Lagny Maraichers. N. 15738. Ecb010PM.

Stamped verso (partially legible): M. Caillat/ …Caillat/ Successeur/ [Re]stauration d’Objets d’Art/ …Forgé – Ancien, Moderne/ [R]ue de Cotte, Paris-12e/ Tél. Diderot 86-40 et 86-41.

Provenance: James Lamantia, Jr. (1923-2011). At the time of his death, Lamantia was Emeritus Professor of Architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans. He was also a practicing architect, and an artist.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light toning, wear, soft creases.


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