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  • Provenance

    Punjab University, Chandigarh, India

  • Catalogue Essay

    When India emerged from colonial rule in 1947, the division of Punjab left its historic capital, Lahore, in newly created Pakistan. The new capital of Chandigarh was to be a symbol of the nation’s faith in the future and a step toward a modern India. Indian Prime Minister Jawaharal Nehru enlisted Le Corbusier, as an icon of European Modernism, to take on the task of planning the new capital city. Chandigarh is Le Corbusier’s only city plan ever to be actually executed.

    While Le Corbusier was the head architect and planner on this project, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier’s cousin, acted as the foreman to this endeavor, spending near 15 years of his life devoted to seeing the project through. Jeanneret also designed many of the interiors and furnishings for the public buildings in Chandigarh, utilizing local materials and manpower. He stayed on in Chandigarh after its construction, advising the local government in his appointed capacity as Chief Architect of the city and upon his death his ashes were scattered in the lake at Chandigarh.

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‘Square’ table

1952-1956
Teak. Table edge painted ”C. P. 291.”
27 3/8 x 36 1/4 x 36 1/4 in. (69.5 x 92.1 x 92.1 cm)

Estimate
$12,000 - 18,000 

Design and Design Art

24 May 2007
2pm New York