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  • Provenance

    Galerie Downtown, Paris, 2008

  • Exhibited

    “Charlotte Perriand et le Japon,” Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, October 22, 2011–January 9, 2012, then traveled to: Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, January 21–March 11, 2012;Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo, April 14–June 10, 2012

  • Literature

    Charlotte Perriand: Un Art de Vivre, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1985, pp. 48-49, figs. 33-34, p. 54, fig. 39, pp. 58-59, figs. 42-43
    Mary McLeod, ed., Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living, New York, 2003, p. 17, fig. 7, p. 77, fig. 11, p. 79, fig. 13, pp. 145-46, figs. 19-20, pp. 235, 239
    Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand, Un art d'habiter, 1903-1959, Paris, 2005, pp. 400, 402-03, 417, pp. 428, 432 for a Steph Simon prospectus
    François Laffanour, Steph Simon Retrospective 1956–1974: Prouvé, Perriand, Mouille, Jouve, Noguchi, exh. cat., Galerie Downtown, Paris, 2007, pp. 16, 19, 21, pp. 72-73
    Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand et le Japon, Paris, 2008, pp. 234, 236, 238-39, 255, 273-74, 323, 327
    Charlotte Perriand et le Japon/Sharurotto Perian to Nihon, Tokyo, 2011, p. 104, fig. 130, p. 130, fig. 192-1, p. 150, fig. 224

  • Catalogue Essay

    Charlotte Perriand conceived the present model dining table in 1935 for clients Paul and Ange Gutmann. The following year she included the model in the annual Exposition Internationale de l’habitation, organized by the journal L’Architecture d’aujourd’hui, at the Salon des Arts Ménagers, Paris. (Mary McLeod, ed., Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living, New York, 2003, pp. 77, 79, 162). Years later, on her return to Japan in 1953, Perriand organized an exhibition at the Tokyo department store Takashimaya, titled “Synthesis of the Arts,” where she again presented the model accompanied by ten "Ombre" side chairs. In 1954 Perriand signed a contract with Galerie Steph Simon on Boulevard Saint-Germain (which opened there in 1956), the exclusive retailer of her and Jean Prouvé’s designs. An installation photograph taken at the gallery in 1956 illustrates the dining table in a format that resembles the Tokyo “Synthesis of the Arts” exhibition (McLeod, ibid, p. 146, fig. 20). There are two Galerie Steph Simon prospectuses (Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand, Un art d’habiter, 1903-1959, Paris, 2005, pp. 428, 432): the earlier from 1956 that illustrates in plan the dining table design and available sizes representing the amount of dining placements, then the 1959 prospectus introduces one further size measuring 199 cm long, the same scale as the present lot.

  • Artist Biography

    Charlotte Perriand

    French • 1903 - 1999

    Trailblazer Charlotte Perriand burst onto the French design scene in her early 20s, seemingly undeterred by obstacles in an era when even the progressive Bauhaus school of design barred women from architecture and furniture design courses. She studied under Maurice Dufrêne at the École de l'Union Centrale des art Décoratifs, entering into a competition at the 1925 Expo des Arts Décoratifs by age 22 and gaining critical acclaim for her exhibition at the Salon d'Automne in 1927.

    On the heels of this success, that same year she joined the Paris design studio of Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret. For ten years the three collaborated on "equipment for living," such as the iconic tubular steel B306 Chaise Longue (1928). After World War II, Perriand joined forces with Jean Prouvé to create modernist furniture that combined the precise lines of Prouvé's bent steel with the soft, round edges and warmth of natural wood.

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Dining table

circa 1959
African teak.
28 x 34 x 78 in. (71.1 x 86.4 x 199 cm)
Produced by André Chetaille, and editioned by Galerie Steph Simon, France.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $100,000

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New York Auction 11 June 2014 11am