E.J. Ruhlmann country house : Hall frontage

Version française de cet article Ruhlmann country houseE.J. Ruhlmann country house in Lyons la Forêt (France).


We find interesting to dedicate a special article to EJ. Ruhlmann country house. Its architecture has been realized for him by his friend architect Pierre Patout in the Norman style.

  • In 1910 his step was innovative, another article will compare it with Maxime Old one fifty years later;
  • The architect Pierre Patout there makes for his friend Ruhlmann a work showing the openness of his talent;
  • Data about that Ruhlmann’s own country house is not widespread.

EJ. Ruhlmann wants a simple relaxing place, pleasant to share with his close friends in every season. In 1907 he buys an orchard in the place called “l’herbage” (the pasture) on the edge of the woods overlooking Lyons-la -Forêt (Eure). He chooses to keep the name of the place that is now called ‘L’Herbage” and the local Norman style. He entrusts his friend Pierre Patout with his project. Pierre Patout has recently graduated from the Paris school of architecture and Fine Arts and created with three fellow students the multiple partition architectural firm “Art et Construction” (Art and Building). From 1910 till 1912 Patout creates ex nihilo the main house, overlooking, its “garden-room” offering a broad view. He also creates the caretaker and servants house at the entrance of the estate. He reuses small buildings in the orchard below as barn and farmyard. After a thorough study Patout takes advantage of local style and materials, blending tradition and modern requirements. That realization is likely to make those who attribute him with the “Art Déco” and “Paquebot style” labels change their mind. Ruhlmann uses the same register, leaving aside his sophisticated style and materials to give in the country-style. Some beautiful pieces as that chest placed in the caretaker house must be noticed. It announces the silverware dresser ref 2135 named Geoffroy, made in 1931.
The place will perfectly suit its purpose. Ruhlmann gladly played there his favourite “sport”: trout fishing. It was the inspiration for “Le rendez vous des pêcheurs de truites” (Meeting of trout fishers) exhibited in 1932 at the SAD with the Maurice Picaud (also called Pico), a fresco showing fruitful fishing locations.

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