Rare demountable ‘Cafétéria' chair, model no. 300, designed for the Air France Building, Brazzaville

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  • Provenance

    Air France Building, Brazzaville, Congo
    Phillips de Pury Company, London, ‘Design’, 24 April 2008, lot 203

  • Literature

    Galeries Jousse Seguin and Galerie Enrico Navarra, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 1998, pp. 134-35, 137, 141
    Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre Complète, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, p. 34, fig. 20, p. 205, pp. 202, 204, 206
    Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Prouvé, Volume 2, Paris, 2007, pp. 260-63

  • 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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Rare demountable ‘Cafétéria' chair, model no. 300, designed for the Air France Building, Brazzaville

1952
Painted tubular steel, painted metal, moulded plywood.
80.6 x 41.5 x 47 cm (31 3/4 x 16 3/8 x 18 1/2 in)
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France.

Estimate
£6,000 - 8,000 

sold for £20,000

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London 25 April 2013 2pm