The aesthetic sense will not depend in any case on the richness of the material or on what it is meant to be, but on the richness of spirit, imagination and invention. A work without invention and truth will not be a milestone across the centuries.

Pierre Jeanneret

Curatorial Alchemy

Our paths first crossed, unknown until many years later, at an intimate yet bustling wedding reception in a south Chicago apartment. This was probably 30 years ago, perhaps even the same year a new gallery, Torno Wright, opened at the end of my street to a fanfare of Eames, heralding new changes to come. Criss-crossing breezes of chance encounters, meandering spirits, hazy focus of time and space, of enthusiasm and knowledge sought, now united again in the same city.

That same serendipity, prompting impulse and discovery, guided welcome reward in the crucible of that great industrial city, still littered with the artefacts of the American mid-century. It was within this uneven yet fertile terrain, hidden slightly below surface, that Patrick’s intuitive talent—honed first as photographer then embellished as artist—would treasure the valuable neglected as passionate collector, and then as the inspirational dealer that I was to meet again, years later in New York City.

If asked to select one word to describe Patrick, I would resist and pick two. The first would be curiosity—a fundamental essential, to stimulate inquiry and rigour in all things, both great and small, of any era or region, type or surface. Even the most fleeting survey of this selection for sale is a celebration of innovation and of inspiration—an unerring eye for the unusually exceptional, or perhaps the exceptionally unusual. The chances are, that these are indeed discoveries that you have not yet realized that you needed to make.

Mentor, would be my second word. If artefacts and objects articulate visual, cultural and historic language, then the fluency of skillful mentorship—to guide, nurture, describe and explain—releases the eloquence of murmuring histories. In this capacity Patrick is that most earnest and sincere of excellent narrators. If ever I had friends, clients or colleagues visiting New York looking for unusual inspiration, there was always the certainty that Patrick’s gallery would offer them a glimpse of the hitherto unseen or the unusually seductive, always with the reassurance of the most fascinating story waiting to be told.

Mentorship and curiosity, when balanced in equal measure, reveal the precious alchemy of a curator. And it is the duty of the mature curator to discern and detect, to cultivate change, and from there to pioneer, and to share. Innovation is never static, and the Present is already the Future. Fresh dialogs evolve, energies to be nurtured, opportunities to be guided. Renewed and re-orientated, Patrick now faces fully forward—as benefactor, interlocutor and mentor to a new, inquisitive generation of talented creators, and the quest for discovery rejuvenates.

— Simon Andrews
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Pierre Jeanneret 1896–1967

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 École 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 prefabricated 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.

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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
LE CORBUSIER AND PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of armchairs from the Salle de Tribunal, High Court, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret

pair of armchairs from the Salle de Tribunal, High Court, Chandigarh

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $104,500
PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $100,000
LE CORBUSIER AND PIERRE JEANNERET, Important Committee conference table from Chandigarh | wright20.com

Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret

Important Committee conference table from Chandigarh

estimate: $80,000–100,000
result: $100,000
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND AND PIERRE JEANNERET, Bahut no. 2 | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret

Bahut no. 2

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $93,750
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
LE CORBUSIER AND PIERRE JEANNERET, lounge chairs from Chandigarh, pair | wright20.com

Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret

lounge chairs from Chandigarh, pair

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $75,000
PIERRE JEANNERET, Upholstered dining chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh, set of ten | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

Upholstered dining chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh, set of ten

estimate: $25,000–30,000
result: $75,000
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
LE CORBUSIER AND PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of lounge chairs from the High Court, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret

pair of lounge chairs from the High Court, Chandigarh

estimate: $30,000–40,000
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