On the evening of Wednesday November 21st 2012 Christies Paris will host an auction of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design. The sale brings together a large collection of midcentury french design, with collectible design market favourites: Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Diego Giacometti, Charlotte Perriand, and Jean Prouvé.
This year's Design Maimi/ Basel brought out the best in design galleries from around the world. One which stood out most to us at DeTnk was the presentation of Jean Prouvé's Métropole Aluminium presented by Galerie Patrick Seguin.
On the 17th of November Christie's will be hosting an auction of The Sean Berg Collection. Among the 140 lots for sale, DeTnk recommends watching two lots from Jean Prouvé.
During late 2008 and early 2009 Prouvé's auction prices dropped slightly. However since then his works have been selling for 70-50% over the estimated value. With one piece on auction November 9th at Sotheby's and two in this sale at Christie's we will see if Prouvé's work can continue reaching such high values.
PROVENANCE Faculté de Lettres, Université de Besançon, Besançon, France
Jousse Seguin and Enrico Navarra, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 1998, p. 63;
Penelope Rowlands, Jean Prouvé, New York, 2002, pp. 50-51; Peter
Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre Complète, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005,
p. 252, fig. 1235.22,2
PROVENANCE School complex, Bouqueval, France; Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris
LITERATURE Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre Complète, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, pp. 104-105 for photographs and mention of the school; Galerie Patrick Seguin and Sonnabend Gallery, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 2007, pp. 545-547 and 552
Literature: Jean Prouvé Complete Works, Volume 2: 1934-1944, Sulzer, pg. 289 Jean Prouvé, Galerie Patrick Seguin and Sonnabend Gallery, ppg. 330, 334-335
Provenance: Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris | Delorenzo 1950, New York | Private collection