An ivory-inlaid macassar daybed by Christian Krass (1868-1957). France, circa 1925.
Christian Krass was a cabinet maker with workshops located in the French town of Lyon. He was known for the high quality of his work and later in his career for furniture created in a distinctly Modernist style. He studied at the École des Arts Décoratifs d'Aubusson and was later apprenticed to the master of art deco furniture Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933).
Most pieces of Krass's furniture are unique, or executed in two or three examples at most. They often make use of the most expensive and rare woods enlivened with finely cast mounts. One of Krass's most important pieces was made for the Aga Kahn and exhibited at the Salon de la Société Lyonnaise des Beaux-Arts in 1937.
Bibliography: Roche, Thierry, Les Arts Décoratifs à Lyon 1910-1950, Éditions Beau Fixe, (Lyon); 1999, p. 14
Christian Krass (1868-1957)
H 71 x W 200 x D 106 cm