Jean Prouve Oak Sideboard Cabinet by Ateliers France circa 1940
Jean Prouvé Oak Sideboard produced by Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Nancy, France circa 1940, the solid oak top over a quadrangular body with two sliding doors with vertical interior grips opening with two removable shelves raised on a blackened tubular metal base with four circular legs, reserve now.
Provenance: Nancy from a collaborator of Atelier Jean Prouvé (Employed by Prouvé)
Thence by descent
Private Collection, Nancy (Philippe Bordaneil)
Private Collection, London (Acquired by present owner)
Background: Jean Prouvé 1901–1984
Jean Prouvé was born in Nancy, France, in 1901. Prouvé‘s father Victor founded the École de Nancy, an Art Nouveau school that focused on hand-made objects. Apprenticing with an ironsmith as a teenager, he learned the value of simple forms and metalworking techniques. Prouvé founded his studio, Ateliers Jean Prouvé in 1923 and created restrained metal objects that rejected excess decoration. Within his workshop, he favoured industrial materials like sheet steel, stainless steel, and aluminium. Engineers employed these materials in the emerging aircraft industry, and these materials inspired Prouvé to design a pre-fabricated houses with Le Corbusier in 1923 that was reminiscent of aircraft design. Working with Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, Prouvé created breathtaking furniture that forged the process of prefabrication. Prouvé tirelessly focused on finding creative and useful solutions to design problems throughout his career, crafting everything from aluminium vacation homes to university bookcases, living by his words that one should “never design anything that cannot be made!
Practical & Beautiful
Condition: The sideboard has age related wear, knocks, marks and is offered in excellent untouched original condition.
Width 61” / 155cm
Depth 19.75” / 50cm
Height 39” / 99cm
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