The post-World War I years are illustrated by both the elaborate luxury goods of French Art Deco and by the socially conscious designs that came from Bauhaus and similar movements such as the De Stijl movement in the Netherlands.
In France, designers such as Jacques Emile Ruhlmann carried on the challenging art of the 18th century French ébénistes by designing elaborate furniture made of exotic woods: Ruhlmann's ivory-ornamented cabinet in the collection serves as a representative masterpiece.
|Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann: cabinet, 1920|
Other typical examples of the French Art Deco include glasswork by René Lalique, whose statuette Suzanne is considered one of his most famous creations. Visitors can also see silver works by Ernest Cardeilhac and Jean Tétard as well as ceramics by Auguste Delaherche, Edouard Cazaux and others.