Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier - Design New York Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection
    Christie's, New York, "Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design," December 19, 2006, lot 962
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Thonet, sales catalogue, no. 3311, p. 29
    Marie Laure Jousset, Charlotte Perriand, exh. cat., Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2005, p. 98
    Arthur Rüegg, Le Corbusier: Furniture and Interiors 1905-1965, Zurich, 2012, p. 285
    Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand: Complete Works Volume 1, 1903-1940, Paris, 2014, pp. 157-58

  • Catalogue Essay

    Phillips would like to thank Helen Thonet from Thonet GmbH for her assistance cataloguing the present lot.

    At the Salon d’Automne of 1929, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, and Le Corbusier liberally used glass and metal in order to reflect Le Corbusier’s idea of the house as “a machine for living in.” Their investment in mechanization went beyond the employment of industrial materials in their furniture: the designers, particularly Perriand, worked with Thonet to mass-produce the moveable pieces designed for the 1929 Salon. The goal of this collaboration was to make modern furniture more accessible to the public, and Perriand, Jeanneret, and Le Corbusier hoped to spread good design to those who could not afford their show pieces. Ironically, the B307 table and the eight other works in the series were the most expensive objects in Thonet’s catalog. Between 1930 and 1935, only 535 B307 tables were made, and by 1937 Thonet stopped production on the Salon d’Automne commission.

Property of a Private New York Collector


Table, model no. B 307

Chromium-plated steel, painted steel, glass, rubber.
28 3/4 x 46 3/8 x 30 1/2 in. (73 x 117.8 x 77.5 cm)
Manufactured by Gebrüder Thonet AG.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $20,000

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Specialist, Head of Sale
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New York Auction 12 December 2017