Vintage Jean Prouve Chairs
Vintage Jean Prouve Chairs are original chairs produced by the French designer Jean Prouvé.
History & Description
Jean Prouvé was a French furniture designer, architect and metal worker.
Prouvé produced a range of metal furniture that set him apart from his Bauhaus contemporaries due to his rejection of steel tube techniques. Prouvé instead relied on the form and durability of sheet metal, which he bent and compressed in lieu of traditional welding techniques.
In this respect, Prouvé was one of the most influential furniture designers of the twentieth century. However, Prouvé did not consider himself as a modern designer. Instead, he regarded himself as more of a constructor and engineer and it is this bias towards construction and industrial engineered designs that set him apart from the designers of the time.
Guide for collectors
Vintage Jean Prouvé chairs appear regularly at both national and international auction houses. Perhaps his most celebrated works come from collaborations with other leading French designers of the day, such as Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier. While certainly not as expensive as his desks or book shelves, Prouvé's chairs are still highly prized by collectors and can sell for thousands of dollars.
For example, the most expensive Prouvé chair sold at auction was a painted steel stool, which realised a price of €85,000 through Christie’s in Paris on May 21st 2011. The stool is believed to be only extant example and was created as a prototype by Jean Prouvé and his brother, Pierre, in 1948.
Notable auction sales
On May 27th 2011 at Christie’s in Paris, a pair of oak and lacquered steel armchairs, designed by Jean Prouvé, circa 1946, realised a price of €73,000.
On December 14th 2006 at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, a pair of "Visiteur", designed by Jean Prouvé, circa 1942, realised a price of $62,000.
On May 4th 2007 at Christie’s in London, a pair of "Kangourou" armchairs, designed by Jean Prouvé, circa 1950, realised a price of $60,000.
On May 27th 2007 at Christie's in Paris, an aluminium lacquered stool, designed by Jean Prouvé, circa 1952, realised a price of €67,000.
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