brass and steel desk by Maison Jansen
Maison Jansen brass and steel desk, silver and gold patina with a rectangular mirrored top resting on a cylindrical X-frame base connected by a stretcher. Stamped “Jansen, 9 Rue Royale” France circa 1970
Maison Jansen was a Paris-based interior decoration office founded in 1880 by Dutch-born Jean-Henri Jansen. Jansen is considered the first truly global design firm, serving clients in Europe, Latin America, North America and the Middle East.
Throughout the firm’s history, it employed a traditional style drawing upon European design, but with the influence of contemporary trends and materials.
Maison Jansen provided services to the royal families of Belgium, Iran, and Serbia; Elsie de Wolfe, and Lady Olive Baillie’s Leeds Castle in Kent, England.
The firm’s most published work was a project by Stephane Boudin and Paul Manno, the head of Jansen’s New York office, for the U.S. White House during the administration of John F. Kennedy. The White House Red Room was redecorated by Stéphane Boudin. Boudin furnished the room primarily in the American Empire style with many pieces by the cabinetmaker Charles-Honoré Lannuier.