cf. P. Sulzer, ed., Jean Prouvé Complete Works Vol. 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, pp. 204-205, no. 1206.3.
J. van Geest, Jean Prouvé, Cologne, 1991, p. 30.
Exhibition catalogue, Jean Prouvé Constructeur, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1990, p. 128.
Exhibition catalogue, Jean Prouvé Mobilier 1924-1953, Galerie Down-Town, Galerie Touchaleaume, Paris, 1987, cover.
Designed for easy and space-saving export overseas, Prouvé constructed the 'Tropical' chairs to be entirely demountable. Only a small number of the chairs were produced with a few variations between circa 1948 and 1954. Chairs of this model were also used to furnish two university halls of residence on the campus of the International University in Paris. The pale yellow painted chairs used in the Lucien Paye Hall, known as 'Africa House', were identical to most of the chairs produced for the overseas market and show visible folds in the curve of the front legs. The Maison des Arts et Métiers contained a version of more recent manufacture without visible folds in the curve of the front legs and an aubergine paint.
The here offered four chairs represent these different variations.