Jules Leleu (1883 - 1961) took over from his father in the family's decorative painting business at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France about 1910, and then after World War I diversified into furniture design and manufacture. By 1924 he was ready to move to Paris where he opened Maison Leleu, and by the 1930s, working with his family members, offered a full range of furnishing services, including interior decoration, furniture and cabinet making, textiles, rugs and lighting fixtures. He designed luxurious suites for embassies, hotels and ocean liners, such as the SS Ile de France and SS Normandie. His two sons and daughters continued the family business after the death of their father in 1961.
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Attributed to Jules Leleu, A French rosewood and gilt bronze cabinet, circa 1935, the shaped rectangular rosewood top with chamfered corners and gilt bronze trim, the two doors with keylock handles enclosing the compartmental interior fitted with eleven a
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