Serge Mouille - Design Evening Sale New York Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    DeLorenzo 1950, New York, circa 1985
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, January 1989

  • Literature

    Alan and Christine Counord and Anthony DeLorenzo, Two Master Metalworkers/Deux Maîtres du Métal: Jean Prouvé, Serge Mouille, New York, 1985, pp. 119, 136-37
    Alan and Christine Counord, Serge Mouille: Luminaires, Bordeaux, 1993, n.p.
    Pierre Émile Pralus, Serge Mouille: A French classic, un classique français, Saint Cyr au Mont d’Or, 2006, front cover and pp. 46, 71, 121, 124-25, 152, 154

  • Catalogue Essay

    Serge Mouille designed the present model three-armed floor lamp, his first, in 1952 in response to a directive from fellow-designer Jacques Adnet: “I want a big light because I have clients in South America who have huge rooms.” His first design established all the features that would be employed in his subsequent “Black Form” designs of the 1950s, until he subverted them with his radically stern series of lighting columns. The present example was purchased from DeLorenzo gallery in 1989, following their successful reintroduction of Mouille’s œuvre in their seminal 1985 exhibition of his work.

Property from the Collection of Susie Tompkins Buell


Three-armed floor lamp, for the Compagnie Des Arts Français

Painted steel, painted metal, brass.
79 in. (200.7 cm) high
Manufactured by Atelier Serge Mouille, Paris, France. From the production of approximately 30 examples.

$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $106,250

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Design Evening Sale

New York Auction 13 December 2016