Rare 'Cité' wall-mounted shelving unit, designed for the student rooms of the Cité Universitaire, Nancy

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  • Provenance

    Cité Universitaire, Nancy, France, 1930-1932

  • Literature

    Galerie Jousse Seguin and Galerie Enrico Navarra, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 1998, pp. 130, 245 for a similar example
    Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre complète / Complete Works, Volume 1: 1917-1933, Basel, 2000, p. 207, for images and a technical drawing
    Galerie Patrick Seguin and Sonnabend Gallery, Jean Prouvé, Vol. 1, Paris, 2007, p. 117
    Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Prouvé, Vol. 2, Paris, 2007, p. 358 for a similar example, pp. 462, 471

  • Catalogue Essay

    From the production of 60, of which only a few remain.

  • Artist Bio

    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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Rare 'Cité' wall-mounted shelving unit, designed for the student rooms of the Cité Universitaire, Nancy

1930-1932
Painted bent steel, oak.
70.7 x 100.7 x 24.5 cm (27 7/8 x 39 5/8 x 9 5/8 in.)
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Nancy, France. Few remain from the production of 60.

Estimate
£50,000 - 80,000 

sold for £62,500

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