[Chandigarh] is the biggest example in India of experimental architecture...It hits you on the head and makes you think. I like the creative approach, not being tied down by what has been done by our forefathers but thinking in new terms…In the ultimate analysis, a thing which fits in with the social functions is beautiful.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Former Prime Minister of India

Pierre Jeanneret

Arnold Andre Pierre Jeanneret-Gris was born in Geneva in 1896. As a child, Jeanneret had a natural talent for the arts. He began his formal training at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Geneva, graduating in 1921. Jeanneret was close friends with his older cousin Le Corbusier (born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret), and in 1922 the two opened a design atelier in Paris where Jeanneret was an active writer for the landmark avant-garde publication L'Esprit Nouveau. Jeanneret and Le Corbusier collaborated on numerous projects including Villa Savoie, the Pavillon de L'Esprit Nouveau for the Exposition Internationale des Arts-Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, and the Cité de Refuge. In 1940 Jeanneret and Le Corbusier parted ways over differences brought on by the war.

Jeanneret started his own firm in Grenoble, where he worked with fellow designer Jean Prouvé to create new concepts for pre-fabricated housing. Le Corbusier and Jeanneret reconciled following the end of World War II and in 1947, they received a commission to design the entire city of Chandigarh, India. Jeanneret moved to Chandigarh, and provided on-the-ground supervision with the set-up and construction of the buildings for more than fifteen years. Jeanneret designed the Governor’s Palace, the State Library, and the City Hall, in addition to fabricating much of the furniture and interiors after Le Corbusier decided to abandon the project mid-way through its construction. Following the completion, Jeanneret stayed on in India as the head of the architectural department at the University of the Punjab. In his later years, Jeanneret was particularly interested in urban planning and the mechanical means of controlling the environment.

Upcoming Lots Pierre Jeanneret

PIERRE JEANNERET, Rare Kangourou chairs from Chandigarh, pair | Wright20.com

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Pierre Jeanneret

Rare Kangourou chairs from Chandigarh, pair
estimate: $60,000–80,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, folding screen from the Administrative Buildings, Chandigarh | Wright20.com

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folding screen from the Administrative Buildings, Chandigarh
estimate: $7,000–9,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, Easy armchairs from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, pair | Wright20.com

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Easy armchairs from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, pair
estimate: $10,000–15,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, dining table from Chandigarh | Wright20.com

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dining table from Chandigarh
estimate: $20,000–30,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, dining chairs from Punjab University Student Residences, Chandigarh, set of eight | Wright20.com

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dining chairs from Punjab University Student Residences, Chandigarh, set of eight
estimate: $20,000–30,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, sofa from Chandigarh | Wright20.com

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Pierre Jeanneret

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

PIERRE JEANNERET, lounge chairs from Chandigarh, pair | Wright20.com

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

PIERRE JEANNERET, executive desk and chair from the Administrative buildings, Chandigarh | Wright20.com

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Pierre Jeanneret

executive desk and chair from the Administrative buildings, Chandigarh
estimate: $20,000–30,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, Rare sewing stools from Chandigarh, pair | Wright20.com

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Rare sewing stools from Chandigarh, pair
estimate: $4,000–6,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, writing chair from Chandigarh, India | Wright20.com

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writing chair from Chandigarh, India
estimate: $4,000–6,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, bench from the M.L.A. Flats building, Chandigarh | Wright20.com

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bench from the M.L.A. Flats building, Chandigarh
estimate: $7,000–9,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, Committee armchairs from the High Court, Chandigarh, pair | Wright20.com

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Committee armchairs from the High Court, Chandigarh, pair
estimate: $20,000–30,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, bookcase from the College of Fine Art, Chandigarh | Wright20.com

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bookcase from the College of Fine Art, Chandigarh
estimate: $5,000–7,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, Committee chair from High Court, Chandigarh | Wright20.com

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Pierre Jeanneret

Committee chair from High Court, Chandigarh
estimate: $10,000–15,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, Rare four-panel folding screen from the Administrative Buildings, Chandigarh | Wright20.com

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Rare four-panel folding screen from the Administrative Buildings, Chandigarh
estimate: $7,000–9,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, Y-frame armchairs from Chandigarh, pair | Wright20.com

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Y-frame armchairs from Chandigarh, pair
estimate: $10,000–15,000

PIERRE JEANNERET, Scissor chairs model 92, pair | Wright20.com

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Scissor chairs model 92, pair
estimate: $5,000–7,000

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