Jean Prouvé - Design London Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Benedikt Taschen, ed., Jean Prouvé, Cologne, 1991, p. 90 for a similar example; Galeries Jousse Seguin and Enrico Navarra, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 1998, pp. 108-109 for a similar example; Jean Prouvé Constructeur 1901-1984, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 2001, p. 74 for a similar example;  Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre Complète, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, p. 179 for a similar example; Galerie Patrick Seguin and Sonnabend Gallery, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 2007, pp. 330 and  334-335

  • 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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‘Aile d’Avion’ desk

c. 1950
Oak, painted bent sheet steel, painted metal.
72.4 x 160 x 80 cm. (28 1/2 x 63 x 31 1/2 in)

£15,000 - 25,000 


24 Apr 2008, 2pm