Jean Prouvé - Design London Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Galerie Jousse Seguin and Galerie Enrico Navarra, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 1998, pp. 100-01 for images and sketches, 166-67, 186
    Laurence Allégret and Valérie Vaudou, eds., Jean Prouvé et Paris, Paris, 2001, pp. 236-37, fig. 57 for a sketch, fig. 62 for an image
    Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre Complète/Complete Works, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, pp. 264-65 for sketches, 266-67 for images and Steph Simon prospectuses
    Alexander von Vegesack, ed., Jean Prouvé: The Poetics of the Technical Object, Weil am Rhein, 2005, pp. 248 for a sketch, 312 for images and a sketch
    Galerie Patrick Seguin and Sonnabend Gallery, Jean Prouvé, Volume 2, Paris and New York, 2007, pp. 331, 350-51 for images and sketches, 353, 510 for a Steph Simon prospectus

  • 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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'Compas' desk

Painted tubular steel, painted bent sheet steel, aluminium, oak-veneered wood.
73 x 193.4 x 94.7 cm (28 3/4 x 76 1/8 x 37 1/4 in.)
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Nancy, France.

£15,000 - 20,000 Ω

Sold for £23,750

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London Auction 21 September 2016