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  • Provenance

    Mr Reich, Germany

  • Literature

    Galeries Jousse Seguin and Galerie Enrico Navarra, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 1998, pp. 41, 46, 143, 152, 167, 174, 183
    Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre complète / Complete Works, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, p. 35, fig. 22, pp. 208-12 for images and technical drawings
    Galerie Patrick Seguin and Sonnabend Gallery, Jean Prouvé, Volume 1, Paris, 2007, passim
    Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Prouvé, Volume 2, Paris, 2007, pp. 234, 266-69, pp. 510-11 for Steph Simon prospectuses
    Gagosian Gallery and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Calder │ Prouvé, exh. cat., New York, 2013, pp. 61, 179
    Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli and Galerie Patrick Seguin, A Passion for Jean Prouvé: From Furniture to Architecture: The Laurence and Patrick Seguin Collection, exh. cat., Paris, 2013, passim

  • 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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Set of six 'Semi-metal' chairs, model no. 305

circa 1950
Painted steel, painted tubular steel, moulded plywood.
Each: 81.2 x 41.7 x 48.3 cm (31 7/8 x 16 3/8 x 19 in.)
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France.

Estimate
£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £68,500

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London Auction 29 April 2014 2pm