"Grand Totem" floor lamp

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Paris, acquired directly from the designer, 1963
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Alan and Christine Counord and Anthony DeLorenzo, Two Master Metalworkers/Deux Maîtres du Métal: Jean Prouvé, Serge Mouille, New York, 1985, pp. 150, 163
    Alan and Christine Counord, Serge Mouille: Luminaires, Bordeaux, 1993, pp. 67, 75
    Pierre Émile Pralus, Serge Mouille: A French Classic, Saint Cyr au Mont d’Or, 2006, pp. 104, 106-7, 124, 132, 222-25

  • Catalogue Essay

    Unlike his earlier bent aluminum lamps, Serge Mouille’s later lights are highly conceptual. Mouille built columnar metal cages around fluorescent tubes in order to emphasize the verticality of the bulbs, as well as to manipulate the neon glow emitted from the industrial lights. For the "Grand Totem" floor lamp Mouille took advantage of newly-available colored fluorescent bulbs, echoing the work of his contemporary, Dan Flavin.

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"Grand Totem" floor lamp

circa 1962
Painted steel, painted aluminum, walnut.
67 1/8 in. (170.5 cm)
Manufactured by S.C.M. (Société de Création de Modèles), Paris, France.

Estimate
$70,000 - 90,000 

sold for $100,000

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Cordelia Lembo
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Design

New York Auction 6 June 2018