Camille Gauthier French Art Nouveau Inlaid Photo  Frame 1900

Camille Gauthier's career begins by 1900-1901, at the same time as the creation of the association School of Nancy of which he becomes one of the members. The young cabinet maker will completely know how to take advantage of the experiences of his elder fellows to develop his own creations where the artistic innovations are perfectly mastered and organized with talent in a mass production. The naturalistic furniture of the School of Nancy is so going to be diffused to a more modest clientele and to participate in the improvement of the living environment.

Camille Gauthier was born in 1870 in Norroy-lès-Pont-à-Mousson where his father practises as farmer. At the age of 18, he enters the School of Fine Arts of Nancy where he follows in the section " Classic art and Nature ", Jules Larcher's courses, then director of the school.

From 1891 till 1893, Camille Gauthier is a pupil at the School of the Decorative arts of Paris. In his return in Nancy, it is hired by Louis Majorelle as draftsman in the engineering consulting firm.

He sets up his own business in 1901 and is up to the executive committee of the School of Nancy.

If, as Gallé and Majorelle, he mechanizes his workshops, he attempts almost exclusively to produce rather functional and simple furniture, logics of construction and contemporary by their naturalistic decoration.

The absence of stores, warehouses, but the gallery of permanent exhibition situated in the company and especially catalogs illustrated with mail-order selling allow him to practise attractive factory prices.

The craze of the public stands out although, if Gauthier was not a leading creator, his marketing practice and the difficult balance which he reaches between the formal research and the quality of execution linked to a mass production, stand him out as one of the modern figures of the Art Nouveau in Nancy.


Aguttes - Paris - 22 june 2012

Walnut stand composed of five uprights holding three superposed shelves decorated with an exotic wood marquetry of floral motifs and butterflies. Signed on the top «Camille Gauthier-Nancy». Circa 1900. H: 49 in W: 19 2/3 in D: 17 1/3 in

Price Realized : €2,700 ($3,320 USD)

Leslie Hindman - 22 february 2015 - Chicago

Art Nouveau Etagere
Marquetry Decorated Oak 
Dimensions : Cm : 151,1 x 124,5 x 38,1 cm - Inch : 59 1/2 x 49 x 15 in

Price Realized : $18,750 USD

Aguttes - 11 june 2014 - Paris

A living room suite including a wardrobe, a mirror, an armchair, two chairs, 

two beds, and a bedside table all in walnut and tinted wood carved with floral motifs. Wardrobe: H: 96 ½ in L:85 ½ in D: 23 ½ in Armchairs: H: 37 in W: 26 ½ in D: 20 ½ in Beds: H: 59 in L: 80 in D: 45 ¼ in Bedside table:H: 33 ¾ in W: 14 ½ in D: 13 ½ in Mirror: 67 ¼ x 47 1/4

Price Realized : €5,100

Christie's - 29 january 2013 - London

CIRCA 1910 
Probably manufactured by Gauthier-Poinsignon, with oak frame and doors lined with birds-eye maple, the cornice carved with vine leaves and grapes, gilt-bronze pulls
97¼ in. (247 cm.); 72¾ in. (185 cm.) wide; 22¾ in. (58 cm.) deep 

Price realized : £2,750 (4,315 USD)