Thursday, 10 May 2012
Jean Prouvé (1901-1923), one of the most influential furniture designers of the early modern design movement, always aimed for the most materially and constructionally efficient designs. His iconic ‘Standard Chair’ (1934) and ‘Compas’ or ‘Cafeteria’ table (1955) bear witness to his extraordinary success according to his modern design aesthetic.
In the forthcoming Design sale at Artcurial in Paris (May 15th) Prouvé’s work is well represented. Lot 55 features a lacquered aluminum ‘Meudon type’ door from the Maison de Monsieur D (a former collaborateur of Prouvé’s) in Nancy. The estimate is €50,000-€70,000.
One of Prouvé’s iconic ‘Compas tables’ (‘Cafeteria Table No. 512) dated 1955 is offered as lot 87 with an estimate of €10,000-20,000.
Lot 71 is a rare adjustable bookshelf in lacquered bent steel and wood, (ateliers de creation DAUM, Nancy 1945). The estimate is €50,000-70,000.
In the October 2011 ‘Jean Prouve, Structure Nomade’ sale at Artcurial, a magnificent ‘Fauteuil Grand Repos’ by Prouve sold for €471,400 against an estimate of €250,000-300,000.