'Tunisie' bookcase, designed for the student rooms of La Maison de la Tunisie, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris

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  • Provenance

    La Maison de la Tunisie, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris
    DeLorenzo 1950, New York
    Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago, 1997
    Private collection, US, 2003
    Phillips, New York, 'Design', 11 June, 2014, lot 37
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Alexander von Vegesack, et al., eds., 100 Masterpieces from the Vitra Design Museum Collection, exh. cat., Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 1996, pp. 186-87
    Yvonne Brunhammer, Le Mobilier Français 1930-1960, Paris, 1997, p. 127
    Mary McLeod, ed., Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living, New York, 2003, pp. 143, 229
    Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand Un art d’habiter 1903-1959, Paris, 2005, p. 361 for a prototype, p. 363 for technical drawings, pp. 364-65 for renderings, pp. 383, 500
    Jacques Barsac, Complete works volume 2, 1940-1955, Paris, 2015, pp. 367, 376-81 for technical drawings and images

  • Artist Bio

    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 Distinguished Collector, California

'Tunisie' bookcase, designed for the student rooms of La Maison de la Tunisie, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris

1952
Oak, pine, mahogany, painted diamond-point aluminium, painted metal.
158.1 x 353.1 x 51.4 cm (62 1/4 x 139 x 20 1/4 in.)
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Nancy, France.

Estimate
£70,000 - 90,000 

sold for £98,500

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Modern Masters: Design Evening Sale

London Auction 27 April 2016