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  • The Antony chair persists as one of Jean Prouvé’s most celebrated designs. Prouvé devised the model in 1954 for a dormitory hall at the Cité Universitaire d’Antony, having won a design competition put forth by the institution. Here Prouvé testifies to the elasticity of plywood, which in the present model arcs subtly to form the curvilinear silhouette of the chair’s seat, itself cradled by a sheet metal skeleton standing on tubular metal legs.

     

    Design drawing of the present model chair, circa 1954.
    Design drawing of the present model chair, circa 1954.

    The chair was quickly embraced outside of the university, its light and pleasing form ideal for such varied settings as waiting rooms, offices, and the domicile. Its environmental versatility and agreeable form earned the work alternate nomenclature as the “Light easy” chair. Many institutions retain an Antony model in their permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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    • Provenance

      Likely acquired from DeLorenzo 1950, New York, by the present owner, circa 1991

    • Literature

      Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre complète / Complete Works, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, p. 272
      Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Prouvé, Volume 1, Paris, 2017, pp. 130-35, 137, 309, 355, 407
      Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Prouvé, Volume 2, Paris, 2017, pp. 23, 63, 136-37, 145, 168, 170, 192, 238, 241, 245

    • 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 East Coast Collection

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"Antony" chair, model no. 356

circa 1954
Beech-veneered plywood, painted steel, aluminum.
34 3/8 x 19 1/2 x 26 in. (87.3 x 49.5 x 66 cm)
Produced by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France and issued by Galerie Steph Simon, Paris, France.

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New York Auction 7 December 2021