Maurice Dufrene was born in Paris in 1876.
He grew up collecting scrap pieces of wood, fabric and cardboard from his father’s wholesale commodities business and would work them into creations in his own make-shift atelier. Later he studied at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, and took a job at La Maison Moderne, where he worked with the likes of van de Velde, Horta, Plumet and Selmersheim.
Dufrene quickly moved to the forefront of modern design and in 1904 became a founding member of the Salon des Artistes Decorateurs, through which he exhibited for thirty years. He taught for a while at Ecole Boulle, and returned to design in 1919 producing neat and logical designs embellished with recurring carved scroll motifs and decorated with marquetry floral medallions in boxwood, ebony and ivory.
In 1921 he joined the studio La Maitrise and began a period of prolific production. At the 1925 Exposition, Dufrene was everywhere. Adapting quickly to the Art Deco movement, the 1930s were just as busy for him. He died in Nogen-sur-Marne in 1955.
Today much of his work goes unidentified.
Some examples of Maurice Dufrene's Work.
A pair of 1925 sculptured Giltwood armchairs by Maurice Dufrene.
French Art Deco 1925 Paris Exposition Desk Set by Maurice Dufrene.
French Art Deco side table/gueridon by Maurice Dufrene.
French Art Deco Chevalet Mirror by Maurice Dufrene.
A Maurice Dufrene carved, gilt-wood three-piece sofa suite upholstered in an elegant fashion sofa.