'Grand Totem' standard lamp

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Paris
    Pierre Bergé & Associés, Brussels, 'Design', 9 June, 2010, lot 269

  • Literature

    Two Master Metalworkers: Jean Prouvé, Serge Mouille, exh. cat., Anthony DeLorenzo, New York, Alan and Christine Counord, Paris, 1985, pp. 150, 163, 166, 169
    Patrick Favardin, Le Style 50, un moment del’art français, Paris, 1987, p. 61
    Pierre Émile Pralus, Serge Mouille: A French classic, un classique français, Saint Cyr au Mont d’Or, 2006, pp. 100, 104, 106-107, 127, 132, 222-25 for images and a drawing

  • Catalogue Essay

    The 'Totem' standard lamp belongs to the ‘Colonnes’ (Columns) collection launched in 1961 by the recently founded S.C.M. (Société de Création de Modèles) and presented in 1962 at the Salon des Arts Ménagers. With this series Mouille aimed to accomplish a radical stylistic break with his previous career, dominated by the well-known ‘Black Forms’. Contrarily to his former creations, ‘Colonnes’ displays the rigid geometry of the urban and architectonic aesthetics of the 1960s and includes new industrial materials such as the fluorescent tube.

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'Grand Totem' standard lamp

circa 1962
Painted aluminium, painted metal, stained walnut.
170.5 cm (67 1/8 in.) high
Manufactured by S.C.M. (Société de Création de Modèles), Paris.

Estimate
£60,000 - 80,000 Ω

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Modern Masters: Design Evening Sale

London Auction 27 April 2016