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JEAN PROUVE (1901-1984)
A Painted Steel, Oak and Aluminum 'Visiteur' Armchair, circa 1952
37 in. (94 cm.) high, 27½ in. (70 cm.) wide, 37¾ in. (96 in.) deep
Mr. Chaudron, Nancy, a former employee of Jean Prouvé.

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This armchair was produced in a number of variations, and the present version has an aluminum seat as opposed to wooden slats. The 'Visiteur' armchair was popularized by the Belgian writer and illustrator Hergé who reproduced it in his 1960 comic-strip album Tintin in Tibet.

cf. P. Sulzer, ed., Jean Prouvé Complete Works Vol. 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, p. 158, no. 1135.4 for an example of this model.
Exhibition catalogue, Jean Prouvé Constructeur 1901-1984, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, Nancy, 2001, pp. 104-105 for examples of similar models.
P. Sulzer, ed., Jean Prouvé Complete Works Vol. 2: 1934-1944, Basel, 2000, pp. 292-293 for examples of similar models.
Exhibition catalogue, Jean Prouvé Mobilier, 1924-1953, Paris, Galerie Down-Town, Galerie Touchaleaume, 1987, p. 27.

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