“Compas” cafeteria table, model no. 512

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  • Provenance

    Est-Ouest Auctions Co., Ltd, Tokyo, July 12, 2008, lot 267
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama "Life is hard... Let's go shopping.", April 8 - June 25, 2017, cat. no. 396, p. 169 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre complète / Complete Works, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, pp. 268-69 (another example illustrated)

  • Artist Bio

    Jean Prouvé

    French • 1901 - 1984

    Jean Prouvé believed in design as a vehicle for improvement. His manufactory Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, located in Nancy, France, produced furniture for schools, factories and municipal projects, both within France and in locations as far flung as the Congo. Though he designed for the masses, pieces such as his "Potence" lamps and "Standard" chairs are among the most iconic fixtures in sophisticated, high-design interiors today. Collectors connect with his utilitarian, austere designs that strip materials down to the bare minimum without compromising on proportion or style.



    Prouvé grew up in Nancy, France, the son of Victor Prouvé, an artist and co-founder of the École de Nancy, and Marie Duhamel, a pianist. He apprenticed to master blacksmiths in Paris and opened a small wrought iron forge in Nancy. However it was sheet steel that ultimately captured Prouvé's imagination, and he ingeniously adapted it to furniture, lighting and even pre-fabricated houses, often collaborating with other design luminaries of the period, such as Robert Mallet-Stevens, Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand.

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“Compas” cafeteria table, model no. 512

oak and painted steel
28 1/4 x 94 1/2 x 30 3/4 in. (71.8 x 240 x 78.1 cm.)
Designed in 1953. Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

sold for $25,000

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