Jean Prouvé - Design Evening New York Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Former employee at the Solvay Factory, Dombasle-sur-Meurthe, France
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre complète / Complete Works, Volume 2: 1934-1944, Basel, 2000, p. 282 for a drawing of a similar example
    Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Prouvé, Volume 2, Paris, 2007, pp. 316, 318-19

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jean Prouvé designed the present model tabouret during a time of restricted metal supplies, collaborating with Les Établissements Vauconsant to produce this rare model. Vauconsant also made the "Tout bois" chair during the same period.

  • 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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Rare tabouret

circa 1941
Beech, steel.
18 x 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (45.7 x 34.9 x 34.9 cm)
Manufactured by Les Établissements Vauconsant, Saint-Nicolas-de-Port, for Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $62,500

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Design Evening

New York Auction 12 December 2017