Commissioned directly from the artist by l'IPD, 1951 Christie's Paris, December 1, 2005, lot 229
Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 2007, vol. 2, pp. 468-469 Delphine and Reed Krakoff, Houses That We Dreamt Of: The Interiors of Delphine and Reed Krakoff, New York, 2017, p. 19 (for the present lot illustrated)
Overall in very good, age-appropriate condition. The metal frame with scattered scuffs, scratches, oxidation and flaking to the paint throughout, consistent with age and use, partially visible in the catalog illustration. There are some areas of paint loss which have been sensitively touched up. The wooden steps with scattered rubbing, and faint scratches throughout, with isolated areas of nicks, chips and surface soiling largely concentrated to the front upper edges, further emphasizing the 1951 execution. The top step with a faint circular stain and grouping of scratches measuring approximately 5 x 6 1/4 inches. The original rubber wheels are slightly dry but roll smoothly. An incredibly rare to acquire an important work from one of France’s greatest designers of the 20th century. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.