Lot 172
  • 172

Le Corbusier

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  • Le Corbusier
  • "Constellation" Mold for the Capital Complex Buildings, Chandigarh
  • teak

  • 26 5/8 x 34 1/2 in. (67.6 x 87.6 cm)


Giani Rattan Singh


Mogens Krustrup, Porte Email:  Le Corbusier, Palais de l’Assemblée de Chandigarh, Copenhagen, 1991, fig. 28 (for a drawing of the constellation mold design)

Catalogue Note

Much of Le Corbusier’s decoration for the buildings in the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh is based on the three basic realms in cosmology:  the underworld, world and sky.  A wheat sheaf mold, representing the realm of the world, was used to impress the symbol into buildings such as the Assembly and was sold in these rooms in the Équipement Intérieur auction, December 18, 2004, lot 537.

 This constellation design represents the sky, the most sacred of the realms. 

For a discussion on the cosmological themes in Le Corbusier’s scheme for the Capitol Complex at Chandigarh, see Jaspreet Takhar, ed., Celebrating Chandigarh, Chandigarh, 2002, pp. 305-317.