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Object ID #18509411

This is a Print. It was designed by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and the art director was Lucien Vogel. It is dated 1920 and we acquired it in 1980. Its medium is lithograph and pochoir on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann’s designs for interiors use rich materials to create extravagant spaces. This design for an expansive bathroom features a massage bed and dressing table in marble with gold mosaic details. A long rug spans the width of the room, and stairs from it descend into a sunken marble bathtub. For Ruhlmann, fashion’s purpose was to display wealth, and this luxurious interior would only have been available to the very elite.

It is credited Gift of Unknown Donor.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 24.1 × 19.1 cm (9 1/2 × 7 1/2 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed, below illustration: une Salle de Bains / lit de massage et coiffeuse de marbre / par E.J. Ruhlmann / No 9 de la Gazette / Année 1920 - Planche XLI

Cite this object as

Object ID #18509411; Designed by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann (French, 1879–1933); lithograph and pochoir on paper; H x W: 24.1 × 19.1 cm (9 1/2 × 7 1/2 in.); Gift of Unknown Donor; 1980-32-1692

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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