Maria Pergay - Design London Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Maison Jansen, Paris; Private apartment decorated by Gérard Gallet, Paris

  • Literature

    Encyclopédie de la Maison, volume III, chambres et pièces privées, Paris, 1972, p. 77; Suzanne Demisch, Maria Pergay: Between Ideas and Design, Verona, 2006, pp. 45 and 141; Patrick Favardin and Guy Bloch-Champfort, Les Décorateurs des Années 60-70, Paris, 2007, p. 222

  • Catalogue Essay

    According to legend, Cyrus the Great was born the son of shepherds. By the time he died, circa 530 B.C.E., he had established the word’s largest empire, a unified Persia from the Hellespont to the Indus River basin. In October 1971, to mark the monarchy’s 2,500th anniversary, the Shah of Iran hosted a week of extravagant celebrations at Persepolis, the ancient Persian capital. Distinguished guests, monarchs, and heads of state stayed in a vast ‘tent village’ decorated by Parisian firm Maison Jansen. In collaboration with Jansen, Maria Pergay designed the present model, a canopy bed for the Shah’s wife, Shahbanu Farah Pahlavi. It was her anniversary as well as the monarchy’s; on October 14th, after a birthday dinner of roast peacock and Dom Perignon ’59, the Shahbanu slept in a similar bed under a canopy of Porthault linen and steel.


Important bed

c. 1970
Brushed and polished stainless steel, painted metal, fabric. 
219.7 x 191.8 x 210.8 cm. (86 1/2 x 75 1/2 x 83 in.)
Produced for and retailed by Maison Jansen, France. 

£30,000 - 40,000 


30 Apr 2009, 2pm