Jean Prouvé - Design London Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Cité Universitaire, Nancy, France

  • Literature

    Galeries Jousse Seguin and Galerie Enrico Navarra, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 1998, pp. 130-31
    Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre complète / Complete Works, Volume 1: 1917-1933, Basel, 2000, pp. 204, 206, figs. 258.1-3, 258.2,1-3 for images and technical drawings of similar examples
    Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre complète / Complete Works, Volume 2: 1934-1944, Basel, 2000, p. 240, fig. 791.3 for a technical drawing of a similar example
    Galerie Patrick Seguin and Sonnabend Gallery, Jean Prouvé, Volume 1, Paris, 2007, p. 143 for a similar example
    Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Prouvé, Volume 2, Paris, 2007, pp. 410-11, 412, 500 for images, a drawing and an Ateliers Jean Prouvé advertising brochure of a similar example

  • 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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'Cité' table, designed for the Cité Universitaire, Nancy

circa 1932
Painted bent sheet steel, painted tubular steel, steel, oak.
73.6 x 100 x 68.4 cm (28 7/8 x 39 3/8 x 26 7/8 in.)
3 x .5 cm (1 1/8 x 0 1/4 in.)

Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Nancy, France.

£7,000 - 10,000 

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London Auction 21 September 2016