Jean Prouvé - Design New York Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Ground floor studios, Unité d’Habitation Air France, Brazzaville, Congo; Galerie 54, Paris, France; Christie’s, Important 20th-Century Decorative Art & Design, New York, June 13, 2006, Lot 137

  • Exhibited

    “Aménagements de l’Unité d’Habitation Air France de Brazzaville par Charlotte Perriand et Jean Prouvé,” Galerie 54, Paris, November 2002-March 2003

  • Literature

    Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: OEuvre Complète, Volume 3: 1944–1954, Basel, 2005, p. 299, no. 1260.7,3

  • 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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Louvered panel


Corrugated aluminum, painted steel, cast aluminum.

58 1/2 x 61 1/2 x 7 5/8 in. (148.6 x 156.2 x 19.4 cm)
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Maxéville, France. Mounted on a contemporary metal stand.

$20,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $25,000


15 December 2010
New York