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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Paris

  • Catalogue Essay

    André Bloc was trained as an engineer, working in motor and turbine factories until, in 1921, he met Le Corbusier who was to become very influential to Bloc’s career.  After this meeting, Bloc shifted his interests toward architecture.  A prolific writer and editor, he founded the journals Revue général du Caoutchouc,  L'Architecure d'Aujourd'hui and later, Art d'Aujourd'hui.   Around the time of the offered lot’s production and design, Bloc formed the group Espace.  The group’s goal was to bring the ideals of constructivism and neo-plasticism to urbanism and the social arena and considered architecture, painting, sculpture and art as a social phenomenon.  He was also taking an avid interest in sculpture at this time, completing his first large sculptures in Paris between 1949 and 1956.  This sculptural quality is evident in the offered lot as well as his later architecture.

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Rare free-form ‘Boomerang’ desk and “Bellevue” chair

ca. 1951
Desk: oak, oak-veneered wood; chair: bent laminated beech plywood, painted steel.
Desk: 27 1/2 x 89 3/4 x 66 1/8 in. (70 x 228 x 168 cm); chair: 31 1/2 in. (80 cm) high
Reverse side of one desk leg stamped “André Bloc" and indecipherable letters (2).

Estimate
$100,000 - 120,000 

Design & Design Art

13 Dec 2007, 2pm
New York