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

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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CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, PIERRE JEANNERET AND LE CORBUSIER, LC3 lounge chairs, set of four | wright20.com

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Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier

LC3 lounge chairs, set of four

estimate: $2,000–4,000

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
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