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  • Provenance

    Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Nancy
    Acquired from the above Monsieur C. Demange, head of Prouvé's atelier
    Galerie Jousse Seguin, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2000

  • Literature

    Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre Complète/Complete Works, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, p. 175 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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Property from a Private Collection, UK

63

Armoire, model no. 101

designed 1956
Oak, painted bent sheet steel, steel.
63 1/8 x 63 1/4 x 22 in. (160.3 x 160.7 x 55.9 cm)
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Nancy, France. Editioned by Galerie Steph Simon, Paris, France.

Estimate
$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $50,000

Contact Specialist
Cordelia Lembo
Specialist, Head of Sale
+1 212 940 1265

Design

New York Auction 13 December 2016