Charlotte Perriand - Design London Thursday, May 12, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Alexandre Guillemain, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2012

  • Literature

    Boris Lacroix, 'Mobiliers et ensembles de vacances', Art et Décoration, no. 9, 1948, pp. 4, 5
    Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand: Un Art d'habiter 1903-1959, Paris, 2005, throughout
    Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand Complete Works, Volume 2, 1940-1955, Paris, 2015, throughout
    Fançois Laffanour et al., Living with Charlotte Perriand, Paris, 2019, pp. 100, 101, 339

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model armchair was presented at the 1949 'Formes Utiles, Objets de Notre Temps' exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

  • 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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Pair of armchairs, model no. 21

designed 1939, produced circa 1946-1968
Pine, rush.
Each: 80.5 x 54.7 x 67.2 cm (31 3/4 x 21 1/2 x 26 1/2 in.)
Initially manufactured by L’Equipement de la Maison, Grenoble and later by Bureau de Coordination du Bâtiment, Paris, France.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £18,900

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Antonia King

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+44 20 7901 7944


London Auction 12 May 2022