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

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  • Provenance

    School complex, Bouqueval, France; Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris, France

  • Literature

    Jean Prouvé Constructeur 1901-1984, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 2001, p. 98 for similar examples; Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre Complète, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, pp. 104-105 for photographs and mention of the school; Galerie Patrick Seguin and Sonnabend Gallery, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 2007, pp. 544-545, 547, 549-550 and 552-553

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the Bouqueval primary school, Prouvé used nine façade panels as interior dividers, of which the present lot is one.

  • 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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Façade panel with porthole windows, from Bouqueval, France

Aluminum, painted aluminum, oak, glass.
116 x 35 5/8 x 2 3/4 in. (294.6 x 90.5 x 7 cm).
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France.

$60,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $68,500


9 June 2010
New York