Object Lesson

Deco darling

WHAT IS IT? A pair of club chairs designed by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann in 1932.

WHERE IS IT? At New York's Maison Gerard May 26 to June 16.

WHY IT'S IMPORTANT Considered one of the masters of French Art Deco, Ruhlmann made the chairs for a show titled "Clubhouse for a Wealthy Trout Fisherman" at the 1932 Salon des Artistes Decorateurs, held only a year before his death. Besides being some of the last pieces he designed, the chairs signify another important moment in his career. "Ruhlmann was thought by many to be too expensive and too refined," says Gerard Widdershoven of Maison Gerard, who discovered them in a private New York collection. "These chairs mark his decision to make modern work." Originally covered in beige kid, the chairs have been reupholstered in a Ruhlmann-designed fabric.

ASKING PRICE $115,000 for the pair. At 53 East 10th Street; 212-674-7611; www.maisongerard.com.