Serge Mouille 1922–1988

Serge Mouille, born in Paris in 1922, began his education as a silversmith at the School of Applied Arts in Paris. A brilliant student, Mouille began teaching at the school shortly after graduation but his career was put on hold during World War II as he fought in the French Resistance. Following the war, Mouille became interested in automobiles, and he, along with Pierre Pothier and Jean-Pierre Darnat, designed the sleek stainless steel Zebra car in 1952. Sadly the car was never mass-produced.

Mouille then turned his attention to founding his own metalworking atelier. Tired of the popularity of Italian lighting which he found over-complicated, Mouille sought to modernize French lighting designs. Inspired by the curvaceous forms of both the female body and the organic world, he utilized voluptuous lines and the color black to create designs of stylistic harmony. His lighting designs are also kinetic works that define space, a feature that has been compared to the work of his contemporary, Alexander Calder. With a strict desire to reject mass-production, each of Mouille’s designs were handcrafted by expert metalsmiths at the atelier.

Mouille’s works garnered praise and in 1956 his pieces were shown in the gallery of Steph Simon alongside designs by Isamu Noguchi and Charlotte Perriand. In 1958, Mouille was invited to exhibit his work at the World’s Fair in Brussels, where his lighting designs won the Diploma of Honor. Experimenting with florescent lighting in 1962, Mouille created his Colonnes collection of floor lights, which utilized the simple lines and the materiality of neon. His work soon became so popular, that the demand outpaced his ability to fulfill orders. Forced to consider mass-production, but instead of sacrificing hand-made quality he chose to close his atelier in 1964. Mouille spent the rest of his life teaching silversmithing at the School of Applied Arts. Mouille died in 1988.

Auction Results Serge Mouille

SERGE MOUILLE, rare Lampadaire à trois bois | wright20.com

Serge Mouille

rare Lampadaire à trois bois

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $110,500
SERGE MOUILLE, La Table Vrillee (Spiral Table) | wright20.com

Serge Mouille

La Table Vrillee (Spiral Table)

estimate: $90,000–120,000
result: $102,000
SERGE MOUILLE, Appliqué a Murale Sept Bras | wright20.com

Serge Mouille

Appliqué a Murale Sept Bras

estimate: $80,000–120,000
result: $72,000
SERGE MOUILLE, Suspension à Trois Bras Pivotants | wright20.com

Serge Mouille

Suspension à Trois Bras Pivotants

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $68,750
SERGE MOUILLE, Suspension a Trois Bras Pivotants | wright20.com

Serge Mouille

Suspension a Trois Bras Pivotants

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $52,500
SERGE MOUILLE, Rare Petit Signal lamp | wright20.com

Serge Mouille

Rare Petit Signal lamp

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $52,500
SERGE MOUILLE, Suspension à Trois Bras Pivotants | wright20.com

Serge Mouille

Suspension à Trois Bras Pivotants

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $47,500
SERGE MOUILLE, Applique Trois Bras Pivotants | wright20.com

Serge Mouille

Applique Trois Bras Pivotants

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $45,600
SERGE MOUILLE, custom sconces, pair | wright20.com

Serge Mouille

custom sconces, pair

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $45,000
SERGE MOUILLE, Applique Simple a Deux Bras | wright20.com

Serge Mouille

Applique Simple a Deux Bras

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $38,750
SERGE MOUILLE, ceiling fixtures, set of five | wright20.com

Serge Mouille

ceiling fixtures, set of five

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $38,400
SERGE MOUILLE, Suspension à Trois Bras Pivotants | wright20.com

Serge Mouille

Suspension à Trois Bras Pivotants

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $35,000
SERGE MOUILLE, Coquille sconces, pair | wright20.com

Serge Mouille

Coquille sconces, pair

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $32,500
SERGE MOUILLE, Suspension a Trois Bras Pivotants | wright20.com

Serge Mouille

Suspension a Trois Bras Pivotants

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $32,500
SERGE MOUILLE, ceiling lamp | wright20.com

Serge Mouille

ceiling lamp

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $31,250
SERGE MOUILLE, Applique Murale a Cinq Bras | wright20.com

Serge Mouille

Applique Murale a Cinq Bras

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $28,000