Jean Prouvé - Design New York Thursday, June 8, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sotheby's, New York, "Important 20th Century Design," June 14, 2006, lot 81 (partial)
    Acquired from the above
    Phillips, New York, "Design," June 11, 2014, lot 19 (partial)
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre complète / Complete Works, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, pp. 208-12, 232, 268
    Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Prouvé, Volume 1, Paris, 2017, pp. 88-93, 99, 409, 410
    Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Prouvé, Volume 2, Paris, 2017, pp. 25, 60-61, 66-67, 79, 80, 84-85

  • 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 an Important French Collection


Set of four “Semi-Metal” chairs, model no. 305

designed 1950, produced 1950-1969
Painted steel, beech-veneered plywood.
Each: 31 1/4 x 16 3/8 x 17 3/4 in. (79.4 x 41.6 x 45.1 cm)
Produced by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $63,500

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New York Auction 8 June 2023