Jean Prouvé - Design London Wednesday, April 26, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Mr. S., acquired directly from Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé
    Thence by descent
    Artcurial, Paris, 'Art Déco/Design', 31 May 2021, lot 36
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Laurence Allégret and Valérie Vaudou, eds., Jean Prouvé et Paris, Paris, 2001, p. 264
    Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre complète / Complete Works, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, p. 152
    Galerie Patrick Seguin and Sonnabend Gallery, Jean Prouvé, Volume 1, Paris, 2007, pp. 29, 105, 112, 126, 136, 157

  • 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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Low table, model no. 402

circa 1952
Oak, painted steel.
35.5 cm (13 7/8 in.) high, 80 cm (31 1/2 in.) diameter
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Nancy, France.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £57,150

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London Auction 26 April 2023