JEAN PROUVE (1901-1984)
JEAN PROUVE (1901-1984)


JEAN PROUVE (1901-1984)
A Lacquered Bent Steel and Oak Sideboard, circa 1948
39 3/8 in. (100 cm.) high, 78¾ in. (200 cm.) wide, 17¾ in. (45 cm.) deep
Albert Michaud, Paris.

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cf. Jean Prouvé constructeur, exhibition catalogue, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1991, p. 116 for a similar model exhibited in a Prouvé's house during the Salon des Arts Ménagers in 1951.
Jean Prouvé constructeur, exhibition catalogue, Museé des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, Nancy, 2001, p.121 for a similar model in the entrance of Jean Prouvé's own house in Nancy
Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 2007, p. 480 for a study plan of this model by Jean Prouvé.
Galerie DownTown-François Laffanour, Jean Prouvé Meubles 1924-1953, Bordeaux, 1989, p. 25 for the same model in yellow lacquer.

From a family of builders, Albert Michaud inherited an early interest in architecture, particularly thanks to his father who came to Nancy as construction worker at the end of 19th century. Michaud's own architectural work flourished during his long friendship and collaboration with André Lurçat. He soon became Lurçat's associate, collaborating on many important projects. Albert Michaud met Jean Prouvé through his interest in Prouvé's numerous projects and new style of architecture. It appears that the two men collaborated only once, in 1953, on some front panels and dismountable partitions for the Fabien school close to Paris. It is most likely during the time of this collaboration that this sideboard was acquired by Albert Michaud from Jean Prouvé.

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