Serge Mouille - Design New York Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | Phillips
  • "I started out with the idea of making lights that are on a human scale. It should be possible to walk about amid these lights as if in a forest. As if they are poles and monoliths."
    —Serge Mouille
    The present model—called the Grand Totem—was first presented at the 1962 Salon des Arts Ménagers. Mouille used excess pieces of painted aluminum tubing from his earlier Tuyau wall lights to incrementally hide the fluorescent light tube. Oftentimes Mouille also paired this form with a red fluorescent light. Mouille only produced several hundred examples of the present model, which is the larger of Mouille’s Totems, measuring approximately 66 inches tall while his Petit model stands at only approximately forty-three inches high.


    Serge Mouille’s display at the Salon des arts ménagers, 1962, where the present model floor lamp was first introduced. Artwork: © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. 
    • Provenance

      Jousse Entreprise, Paris
      Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2010

    • Literature

      Alan and Christine Counord, Serge Mouille: Luminaires, Bordeaux, 1993, pp. 67, 75
      Pierre Émile Pralus, Serge Mouille: A French Classic, Saint Cyr au Mont d’Or, 2006, pp. 104, 106-7, 112, 124, 127, 132, 222-25
      Adrien Dirand, Yann Siliec, and Sarah Medford, Joseph Dirand: Interior, New York, 2017, illustrated p. 77

Property of an International Collector, Curated by Joseph Dirand


"Grand Totem" floor lamp

circa 1962
Painted steel, painted aluminum, walnut.
66 1/8 in. (168 cm) high
Manufactured by Société de Création de Modèles, Paris, France.

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$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $113,400

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New York Auction 7 December 2021