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1928 Salon des Artistes Décorateurs, Paris

Leon Jallot is standing

Léon Albert Jallot was born on January 24, 1874 in Nantes, son of Léon Édouard Jallot, marble worker, and Jeanne Perraud, cigar maker.

He studied in Paris but did not attend any art school. Without any formal training, apart from a general refined sense of culture, he opened his own workshop in 1890 and began carving wood and making his own furniture. Very disciplined, he began as a wood sculptor. In 1899, he became director of the Art Nouveau workshop of collector Siegfried Bing. He remained there until 1901, overseeing the store's production and Bing's installation at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris. He participated in the creation of some of the most prized works of the Art Nouveau movement – those designed by the firm's famous trio: Georges de Feure, Édouard Colonna and Eugène Gaillard.

Salon des Artistes Décorateurs in Paris in 1928

In 1901, he became one of the founding members of the first Salon des artistes décorateurs, an organization which produced highly anticipated annual exhibitions during the first half of the 20th century. In 1903, he founded his own decoration workshop where he designed and manufactured furniture, fabrics, carpets, tapestries, glassware.

Jallot was the first of the Art Nouveau designers to turn away from floral ornamentation and pursue linearism, which would later lead him to Art Deco.

Jallot's work was shown at the Salons de la Société Nationaledes Beaux-Arts in 1908 and at the Salon d'Automne in 1919.

He created furniture for the grand salon of the French Embassy pavilion and for the Hôtel du Collectionneur at the 1925 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris.

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Léon Jallot is a master of sculpted wood and lacquers. His long mastery of both mediums was cited and emphasis was placed on the preservation effect of lacquer on untreated woods. Decorative panels and screens were carved in bas-relief with a variety of themes which were then set in polychrome lacquers on a gilt ground. These pieces of furnitures and large mirrors were produced in the late 1920s and mid 1930s.

Léon Jallot retired in the 1940s, while his son Maurice Jallot continued the family business until 1950. He died on May 7, 1967 in the 7th arrondissement of Paris.