Charlotte Perriand - Design New York Thursday, June 6, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Henri Prouvé, acquired from Galerie Steph Simon in the 1950s
    Bernard Prouvé
    Marc Dancoisne, acquired from the above, 2005
    Private collection, Europe
    Christie's, New York, "Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design," December 19, 2006, lot 1025
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand: Complete Works Volume 2, 1940-1955, Paris, 2015, pp. 442, 470, 473 for a larger version of the model

  • 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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Property of a Private Collector, New York


"Tokyo" bench

circa 1956
Pine, wool upholstery.
22 1/2 x 82 5/8 x 28 5/8 in. (57.2 x 209.9 x 72.7 cm)
Issued by Galerie Steph Simon, Paris, France. Together with a copy of a letter from Bernard Prouvé, son of Henri Prouvé, confirming the bench was acquired by his father from Galerie Steph Simon and used in his office until 1979.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $30,000

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New York Auction 6 June 2019