Jean Prouvé - Design New York Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Sotheby’s, New York, “Important 20th-Century Design,” June 17, 2004, lot 92
    Jack Anderson, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Prouvé, Volume 2, Paris, 2007, pp. 235, 267

  • Catalogue Essay

    Around 1952 Jean Prouvé introduced the present variant "Semi-metal" chair with padded seat and back for use in university dormitories and offices. The present example retains its original paint and synthetic leather upholstery.

  • Artist Biography

    Jean Prouvé

    French • 1901 - 1984

    Jean Prouvé believed in design as a vehicle for improvement. His manufactory Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, located in Nancy, France, produced furniture for schools, factories and municipal projects, both within France and in locations as far flung as the Congo. Though he designed for the masses, pieces such as his "Potence" lamps and "Standard" chairs are among the most iconic fixtures in sophisticated, high-design interiors today. Collectors connect with his utilitarian, austere designs that strip materials down to the bare minimum without compromising on proportion or style.

    Prouvé grew up in Nancy, France, the son of Victor Prouvé, an artist and co-founder of the École de Nancy, and Marie Duhamel, a pianist. He apprenticed to master blacksmiths in Paris and opened a small wrought iron forge in Nancy. However it was sheet steel that ultimately captured Prouvé's imagination, and he ingeniously adapted it to furniture, lighting and even pre-fabricated houses, often collaborating with other design luminaries of the period, such as Robert Mallet-Stevens, Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand.

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"Semi-metal" chair, model no. 306

circa 1952
Painted steel, synthetic leather-covered wood, aluminum, rubber.
31 1/4 x 16 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (79.4 x 41.9 x 52.1 cm)
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France.

$15,000 - 20,000 

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New York Auction 6 June 2017