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Rare "Calfskin" armchair

circa 1950
Oak, hide
33 3/4 x 25 7/8 x 29 7/8 in. (85.7 x 65.7 x 75.9 cm)

Estimate
$50,000 - 70,000 

sold for $81,250

Contact Specialist
Cordelia Lembo
Specialist, Head of Sale
+1 212 940 1265

  • Provenance

    Gifted by the architect to Thierry Monin (mayor of Méribel, France), circa 1950
    Thence by descent
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Boris Lacroix, "Mobiliers et ensembles de vacances," Art et Décoration, no. 9, 1948, p. 6
    Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand: Complete Works Volume 2, 1940-1955, Paris, 2015, pp. 156-57, 159
    Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand: Complete Works Volume 3, 1956-1968, Paris, 2017, mentioned p. 88, p. 105

  • Catalogue Essay

    Charlotte Perriand originally designed the "Calfskin" armchair for Le Doron Hotel in Méribel in 1947. Beginning in 1956 it was issued by Galerie Steph Simon, Paris (Barsac, vol. 3, pp. 88, 105). Given the provenance, the present armchair likely dates prior to the Steph Simon edition. Perriand also designed a similar but smaller armchair, with a rush seat and back, for Le Doron, which was included in the "Équipement de la Maison" series (model no. 21).

  • Artist Bio

    Charlotte Perriand

    French • 1903 - 1999

    Trailblazer Charlotte Perriand burst onto the French design scene in her early 20s, seemingly undeterred by obstacles in an era when even the progressive Bauhaus school of design barred women from architecture and furniture design courses. She studied under Maurice Dufrêne at the École de l'Union Centrale des art Décoratifs, entering into a competition at the 1925 Expo des Arts Décoratifs by age 22 and gaining critical acclaim for her exhibition at the Salon d'Automne in 1927.

    On the heels of this success, that same year she joined the Paris design studio of Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret. For ten years the three collaborated on "equipment for living," such as the iconic tubular steel B306 Chaise Longue (1928). After World War II, Perriand joined forces with Jean Prouvé to create modernist furniture that combined the precise lines of Prouvé's bent steel with the soft, round edges and warmth of natural wood.

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205

Rare "Calfskin" armchair

circa 1950
Oak, hide
33 3/4 x 25 7/8 x 29 7/8 in. (85.7 x 65.7 x 75.9 cm)

Estimate
$50,000 - 70,000 

sold for $81,250

Contact Specialist
Cordelia Lembo
Specialist, Head of Sale
+1 212 940 1265

Design Evening Sale

New York Auction 12 December 2017

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