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  • Provenance

    Maison du Mexique, Cité Universitaire de Paris, France; Galerie Jousse Seguin, Paris

  • Literature

    Galeries Jousse Seguin and Enrico Navarra, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 1998, pp. 152-153; Museu do Design: Luxo, Pop, Cool, De 1937 Até Hoje, exh. cat., Museu do Design, Lisbon, 1999, pl. 20; Mary McLeod, ed., Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living, New York, 2003, p. 231; Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre Compléte, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, p. 260, cat. no. 1240.2; Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand-Un Art d''Habiter, Paris, 2005, front cover and pp. 368-379 for a discussion of this bookcase and interiors at the Maison du Mexique; Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., Domus Vol. III, Cologne, 2006, p. 493

  • 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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“Mexique” bookcase, from the Maison du Mexique, Cité Universitaire de Paris, France

1952
Pine, painted “Diamond Point” impressed aluminum, painted bent steel, walnut, stained wood.
63 1/4 x 72 1/4 x 12 in. (160.7 x 183.5 x 30.5 cm)
Manufactured by les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France.

Estimate
$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $133,000

Design & Design Art

13 Dec 2007, 2pm
New York