Skip to main content

Main Building


Designed by Hector Guimard, French, 1867 - 1942. Made by the firm of Alexandre Bigot, Mer, France, 1897 - 1914
Best known for his fantastical entrances to Paris metro stations (1900–1913), the architect Hector Guimard was a leading proponent of French Art Nouveau, relying on abstracted forms drawn from the natural world as seen in the curving, stalk-like shapes of this fireplace. He originally designed this fireplace as part of his largest and most important building project, a block of apartments in Paris known as the Castel Béranger, built between 1895 and 1898. One of Guimard’s collaborators was Alexandre Bigot, whose architectural ceramics firm provided the glazed stoneware panels that decorate the building’s vestibule and the fireplaces installed in some of the apartment dining rooms. In 1898 a portfolio devoted to the Castel Béranger published by the Rouam bookstore included a drawing for the fireplace. ...

Object Details

We are always learning more about our collection and updating the website. Want to share your knowledge about this work with us? Contact us here.

Please note that this particular artwork might not be on view when you visit. Don’t worry—we have plenty of exhibitions for you to explore.

Main Building