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  • Provenance

    Electricité de France, Marcoule
    Sotheby's, New York, "Important 20th Century Design," June 14, 2006, lot 81

  • Literature

    Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre complète / Complete Works, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, pp. 208-11, figs. 1207.1-3, p. 268, figs. 1242.3,4Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Prouvé, Volume 2, Paris, 2007, pp. 234, 266-69

  • 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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Set of six “Semi-Metal” chairs, model no. 305, from the Electricité de France, Marcoule

circa 1953
Painted steel, painted tubular steel, oak-veneered molded plywood.
Each: 32 x 16 1/4 x 18 1/8 in. (81.3 x 41.3 x 46 cm)
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $62,500

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New York Auction 11 June 2014 11am