Jean Prouvé - Design New York Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Union Aéromartitime de Transport (UAT), Conakry, Republic of Guinea, Africa

  • Exhibited

    “Charlotte Perriand & Jean Prouvé,” Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California, April 29-June 12, 2004

  • Literature

    Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre Complète, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, p. 297, figs. 1260.5,1 and 1260.5,2; Galerie Patrick Seguin and Sonnabend Gallery, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 2007, pp. 520-521

  • Catalogue Essay

    This sun shutter is one of 20 known examples used at Conakry in the regional office of UAT, a French airline, which operated flights between Paris and West Africa.

  • 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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Sun shutter from the Union Aéromaritime de Transport, Conakry

Ribbed aluminum, steel.
11 1/2 x 129 1/2 x 38 1/4 in. (29.2 x 328.9 x 97.2 cm).
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $35,000


9 June 2010
New York