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CHARLOTTE PERRIAND (1903-1999) AND JEAN PROUVE (1901-1984)
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND (1903-1999) AND JEAN PROUVE (1901-1984)

AN OAK AND LACQUERED STEEL LIBRARY TABLE WITH BUILT-IN LIGHT FIXTURE FOR THE MAISON DE L'ETUDIANT, PARIS, 1951

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CHARLOTTE PERRIAND (1903-1999) AND JEAN PROUVE (1901-1984)
An Oak and Lacquered Steel Library Table with Built-In Light Fixture for the Maison de l'Etudiant, Paris, 1951
metal manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, the table top executed by André Chetaille, light fixture designed by André Salomon
61¼ in. (155.5 cm) high, 130 in. (330 cm.) long, 34¼ in. (87 cm.) deep
Provenance
Maison de l'Etudiant, Paris.
Acquired at the above directly by Anthony DeLorenzo.
Exhibited
Kukje Gallery, Jean Prouvé, Seoul, 28 February - 31 March 2005.
Gagosian Gallery, Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand Furniture and Architecture, Los Angeles, 29 April - 12 June 2004.
DeLorenzo Gallery/Alan and Christine Counord, Jean Prouvé/Serge Mouille, New York/Paris, 1985.

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Lot Essay

cf. P. Favardin, Le Style 50 Un moment de l'art français, Paris, 1967, p. 32.
Exhibition catalogue, Jean Prouvé/Serge Mouille, DeLorenzo Gallery/Alan and Christine Counord, New York/Paris, 1985, pp. 76-77.
E. Navarra, Galeries Jousse Seguin, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 1998, pp. 129, 156, 157 for a view of the library at the Maison de l'Etudiant and another example of this table.
L. Allégret and V. Vaudou (eds.), Jean Prouvé et Paris, exhibition catalogue, Pavillon de l'Arsenal, Paris, 2001, p. 203.
Exhibition catalogue, Jean Prouvé: Three Nomadic Structures, Arthur Ross Gallery, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, New York, 2002, p. 37.
C. Perriand, A Life of Creation: An Autobiograph, New York, 2003, p. 242-243. M. McLeod, Charlotte Perriand, An Art of Living, New York, 2003, p. 226.
J. Barzac, Charlotte Perriand Un art d'habiter, Paris, 2005, pp. 318- 323 for a discussion of the commission for the Maison de L'Etudiants, sketches and photos of the tables.
P. Sulzer, Jean Prouvé Oeuvre Complète Vol. 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, pp. 230-231, cat. no. 1220.4.

This table is one of only seven examples that were executed for the Maison de la Médecine in the rue Faubourg-Saint-Jacques in Paris. Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé were commissioned to design furniture for the cafeteria and the library, with André Salomon - a fellow designer from the U.A.M. - as the lighting consultant. The building, a seven-story dormitory for medical students at the Université de Paris, was designed by architects Guy Lagneau, Michel Weill and Claude Barre, and funded by the American Aid to France.
This library table is a prime example of Perriand and Prouvé's collaborative design process. Perriand had originally envisioned several different solutions for the base of the table, all of which proved to be to expensive to manufacture. When she consulted Prouvé about the issue, he proposed legs of bent steel sheet which not only solved the budgetary concerns, but with their massive trapezoidal form and steel-grey paint provide a stunning contrast to the warmth and feel of the oak top. With the exception of the wooden tops, which were made by André Chetaille, the tables were executed in Jean Prouvé's workshop in Nancy. Only seven library tables were made in two different sizes - four tables measuring 303 by 113 centimeters accomodated six students and three tables measuring 420 by 113 centimeters provided space for eight students.

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