Armand-Albert Rateau
(1882 – 1938)

Graduated from Ecole Boulle, Armand-Albert Rateau began his career with the decorator Georges Hoentschel before starting up on his own. His unique style, inspired by stylized nature reminiscent of the Orient and Antiquity, appealed to many wealthy clients. Even if he preferred the use of bronze and lacquer on his furniture, he still created decorative elements in sculpted oak. He decorated Jeanne Lanvin’s shops as well as her hotel particulier. Highly sophisticated and luxurious, most of those pieces are now on display at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris.