Mass Modern /21 June 2008

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Charlotte Perriand

sconces, set of five
France, c. 1960
chrome-plated and enameled steel
6½ w × 2¾ d × 5 h in (17 × 7 × 13 cm)

Set includes three wall-mounted and two hanging sconces.

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,760

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Charlotte Perriand 1903–1999

At the age of twenty-four Charlotte Perriand approached Le Corbusier and asked to join the designer’s famed studio.  While studying at Paris’s Ecole de l’Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs, Perriand read two of Le Corbusier’s most notable works Ver une architecture and L’Art decorative d’aujourd’hui  prompting her to distance herself from the Art Deco aesthetic and seek out a style more relevant to the machine-age. Le Corbusier famously turned her away, stating ‘we don’t embroider cushions here.’ Months later, after seeing her Bar sous le toi the Salon D’Automne exhibition in Paris, he apologized and hired her on. Perriand worked for him for ten years, collaborating with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret on numerous projects, most notably a set of tubular steel chairs that would become one of her most well-known designs. In the 1930s, concerned with social issues, Perriand worked to create functional and affordable designs. Moving away from the machine-age aesthetic of glass and metal, Perriand began experimenting with natural materials. She traveled to Japan as an official advisor on industrial design to the Ministry for Trade and Industry and became enamored with the simplistic beautify of Japanese design. Perriand studied local woodworking and immersed herself in the functional yet refined forms. Perriand revitalized her career upon returning to Europe in 1947, creating harmonious simplicity in her designs – what she called l’art d’habiter. She continued her collaboration with Le Corbusier on the Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles and worked with Fernand Leger and Jean Prouvé on various commissions. In 1985, her long career was celebrated with a retrospective at the Musée des Arts-Décoratifs in Paris and she remains one of the most influential designers of the 20th Century.

Auction Results Charlotte Perriand

Charlotte Perriand

Bloc bahut
estimate: $200,000–250,000
result: $240,000

Charlotte Perriand

Free-form dining table
estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $197,000

Charlotte Perriand

Free Form table
estimate: $125,000–150,000
result: $180,000

Charlotte Perriand

Japan bahut
estimate: $150,000–200,000
result: $180,000

Charlotte Perriand

Nuage Bibliothèque
estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $152,500

Charlotte Perriand

Nuage Bibliothèque
estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $146,400

Charlotte Perriand

Bibliotheque from the Maison du Mexique
estimate: $60,000–80,000
result: $126,000

Charlotte Perriand

Rare bahut
estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $122,500

Charlotte Perriand

Sandoz bench
estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $120,000

Charlotte Perriand

Rare Bloc Bahut from Cité Cansado, Mauritania
estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $112,500

Charlotte Perriand

Bibliothèque from the Maison du Mexique
estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $110,500

Charlotte Perriand

Bibliotheque from the Maison du Mexique
estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $96,000

Charlotte Perriand

Bloc cabinets, pair
estimate: $80,000–120,000
result: $92,500

Charlotte Perriand

Long table
estimate: $60,000–80,000
result: $90,000

Charlotte Perriand

Nuage Bibliothèque
estimate: $80,000–120,000
result: $87,500

Charlotte Perriand

Long dining table
estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $80,500

Charlotte Perriand

Mauritania sideboard
estimate: $35,000–45,000
result: $78,000

Charlotte Perriand

Bibliotheque from the Maison du Mexique
estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $72,000

Charlotte Perriand

Tokyo lounge chair
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $72,000

Charlotte Perriand

console from Hôtel le Doron, Méribel, France
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $68,500

Jean Prouvé

stool no. 308
estimate: $30,000–35,000
result: $52,800

Charlotte Perriand

Rangement Bibliothèque
estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $48,750

Charlotte Perriand

Bloc cabinet
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $46,250

Charlotte Perriand

special order coffee table
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $45,000

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