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Susan Day. Preface by Felix Marcilhac. Galerie Chastel-Maréchal. Paris. 2012. First edition. Hardback, dust jacket. 80 pages. Illustrated throughout in colour and b&w. 300 x 250mm (11¾ x 9¾"). .85kg. . French & English. Fine; as new (in shrink-wrap).Catalogue for an exhibition of work by Jean-Charles-Moreux held at the Galerie Chastel-Maréchal. The text examines the designer's work during the early twentieth century and specifically the baroque and surrealist inspirations inherent in his designs. An important reference work on this highly-regarded designer. 'The Chastel-Maréchal Gallery will be exhibiting approximately twenty rare pieces, each chosen for its relation with the baroque and surrealist side of Moreux’s work. His passion for the natural world is reflected in the Mirror with butterflies and the display cases of coral and beetles. The figure of a horse becomes a decorative element visible at the base of a lampstand and in the original design of surrealist inspiration used to compose the surface of an occasional table created for the actress Sonia Batcheff in 1938. The baroque element of his work is manifest in the sculptural volutes that frame an imposing oak cupboard and a beautiful mahogany coffee table. Each of these pieces was integrated into an interior imagined as a stage-set, with the decorative element inversely proportional to the nature of the materials used: plaster, hessian, oak or other natural products. The neo-baroque furniture that Moreux was one of the first to pioneer evokes curiosity cabinets in which nature becomes fantastical and full of hidden meanings. Each of his pieces transcends its function to touch deeper levels of thought and feeling.' (from the publisher's description).