Jacques Le Chevallier and René Kœchlin - Design Masters New York Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Paris; Private Collection, USA

  • Literature

    Ce temps-ci, Cahiers d’art contemporain, Paris, no. 3, January 1929; L’Art vivant, 5e, Paris, no. 102, March 1929; L’Art international d’Aujourd’hui, Paris, vol. 9; Arlette Barré-Despond, Union des Artistes Modernes, Paris, 1986, p. 321; Alastair Duncan, Modernism: modernist design 1880–1940: the Norwest collection, Norwest Corporation, Minneapolis, 1988, p. 198; Jean-François Archieri, Jacques Le Chevallier 1896–1987 La Lumière Moderne, Paris, 2007, pp. 82–83
    This design was included in the XXIe Salon d’automne, Paris, 1928

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jacques Le Chevallier, a stained glass artist, and René Koechlin, a civil engineer (and brother of Maurice Koechlin, designer of the Eiffel Tower), collaborated on a small number of modernist lamps at the end of the 1920s. Their designs, industrial in appearance, boasted strong angles, moveable flaps and exposed screws, and incorporated affordable materials like aluminum and Ebonite, a composite used in the production of early bowling balls. These lamps, like the present lot, resembled machines not only in appearance but also in function: the bulb can be dimmed or exposed by moving various panels. Although the lamps were intended for mass production, few examples of the pair’s designs remain on the market.


Rare and important desk lamp, model no. 40

ca. 1928
Aluminum, Ebonite.
16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm.) high

$90,000 - 110,000 

Design Masters

15 December 2010
New York