(b Toul, nr Nancy, 27 Sept 1859; d Nancy, 15 Jan 1926). French cabinetmaker. His father, Auguste Majorelle (d 1879), was a cabinetmaker and potter who specialized in reproduction 18th-century furniture and ceramics. Majorelle trained as a painter, but following his father's death in 1879 he abandoned painting and returned to Nancy to run the family business in partnership (until 1889) with his brother, Jules. They continued to produce furniture in Louis XV and Louis XVI revival styles but soon abandoned the production of ceramics.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.