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  • Provenance

    La Maison du Mexique, Cité Universitaire, Paris
    Private collection
    Wright, Chicago, 'Modernist 20th Century', 22 May 2005, lot 268

  • Literature

    Mary McLeod, ed., Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living, New York, 2003, pp. 230-31
    Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre complète / Complete Works, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, p. 260
    Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand Un art d’habiter 1903-1959, Paris, 2005, front cover and pp. 369-79 for images and drawings
    Jacques Barsac, Complete works volume 2, 1940-1955, Paris, 2015, pp. 367, 389-91, 393-95 for images and drawings

  • 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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Bibliothèque, from La Maison du Mexique, Cité Universitaire, Paris

circa 1952
Pine, painted ‘Diamond Point’ impressed aluminium, painted aluminium, stained mahogany.
160.6 x 183.8 x 32.4 cm (63 1/4 x 72 3/8 x 12 3/4 in.)
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Nancy, France.

Estimate
£100,000 - 150,000 Ω

Contact Specialist
Madalena Horta e Costa
Head of Sale
+44 20 7318 4019

Design

London Auction 27 April 2017