Function and Aesthetic

Pierre Jeanneret at Chandigarh

Pierre Jeanneret and his cousin Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, who would later become known as Le Corbusier, made their design partnership official in 1922. After a brief period working independently the duo reunited in 1950 to embark on the most important project of their careers, Chandigarh.

The Open Hand (La Main Ouverte) Chandigarh, India

Tasked with designing the entire capital city of the Punjab region, Le Corbusier agreed to the massive commission with one stipulation; that his cousin Pierre Jeanneret be brought on to oversee as project architect. Le Corbusier saw himself as the ‘Spiritual Director’ responsible for two main tasks, shaping the masterplan and designing the group of buildings dedicated to government. Jeanneret oversaw the design and construction of the entire project, and the creation of utilitarian yet beautiful pieces to furnish the city’s public and private spaces. Utilizing natural, inexpensive materials and simple construction in his designs, Jeanneret created a sense of harmony that was aligned with both Le Corbusier’s design philosophy and the aesthetic of the city. 

Jeanneret used this dining table in private residences as well as in the cafeteria of the PGI Hospital.  Intended for communal use, the table’s fin-shaped legs support a solid teak tabletop finished with a subtle beveled edge. Often re-painted for sanitary purposes, the present example features a rich and multi-faceted finish.

A sincere, true, and functional work will possess the aesthetic sense but it may also become a monster. The aesthetic sense will not depend…on the richness of the material or on what it is meant to be, but on the richness of spirit, imagination and invention.

Pierre Jeanneret

Auction Results Pierre Jeanneret

PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $179,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $179,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, Committee armchairs from the High Court, Chandigarh, set of ten | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

Committee armchairs from the High Court, Chandigarh, set of ten
estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $137,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, Rare Periodical bibliotheque from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

Rare Periodical bibliotheque from Punjab University, Chandigarh
estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $106,250

PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $100,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, sofa from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

sofa from Punjab University, Chandigarh
estimate: $25,000–30,000
result: $88,900

PIERRE JEANNERET, Rare lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

Rare lounge chairs, pair
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $87,500

PIERRE JEANNERET, lounge chairs from Chandigarh, pair | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

lounge chairs from Chandigarh, pair
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $81,250

PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of lounge chairs from Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

pair of lounge chairs from Chandigarh
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $75,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, set of four armchairs from Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

set of four armchairs from Chandigarh
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $74,500

PIERRE JEANNERET, Rare lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

Rare lounge chairs, pair
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $68,750

PIERRE JEANNERET, set of four chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

set of four chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh
estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $68,500

PIERRE JEANNERET, cafeteria table and four chairs from Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

cafeteria table and four chairs from Chandigarh
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $65,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, sofa from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

sofa from Punjab University, Chandigarh
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $65,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, lounge chair from Chandigarh, India | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

lounge chair from Chandigarh, India
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $62,500

PIERRE JEANNERET, sofa from the High Court, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

sofa from the High Court, Chandigarh
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $60,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, sofa from Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

sofa from Chandigarh
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $60,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of rare lounge chairs from the Yves Korbendau residence, Rabat | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

pair of rare lounge chairs from the Yves Korbendau residence, Rabat
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $60,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of Kangourou lounge chairs from Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

pair of Kangourou lounge chairs from Chandigarh
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $57,500

PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $57,500

PIERRE JEANNERET, set of six dining chairs from Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

set of six dining chairs from Chandigarh
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $55,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, lounge chairs from Chandigarh, pair | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

lounge chairs from Chandigarh, pair
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $55,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, sofa from Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

sofa from Chandigarh
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $52,500

PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $51,250