Lot 46
  • 46

Max Ingrand

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Max Ingrand
  • Monumental Chandelier, designed for the Tour Arago-Défense, Paris, France
  • brass, lacquered brass, faceted glass


Tour Arago-Défense, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

The present lot illuminated the hall of the Tour Arago, located near the Seine, in the neighborhood of La Défense. Conceived by architect Jean de Mailly circa 1961, the building was distinguished by its rectilinear lines and unusual façade, which combined glass and green-coloured panels. Located at the westernmost extremity of Paris, La Défense is Europe’s largest purpose-built business district, composed of several generations of skyscrapers, growing ever taller and more ambitious over time. Since the very end of the 1950s, the goal of La Défense has been to invent a new city where business, life and art can live together. A monumental Calder Stabile, gigantic figures by Miró or a Thumb by César are among the spectacular works of art which have been incorporated in the area. 

At the First Grand Prix de Rome in 1945, Jean de Mailly was one of the emblematic figures of French modernism in architecture, combining a classic aesthetic with functionalism. This philosophy corresponds with Max Ingrand’s own conception of lighting, which was informed by his predecessors’ ideas yet radically modern: “A lighting or element of lighting must answer certain norms. It must adapt itself to the volume of the rooms which it has to light, participate in the spirit and architecture of these rooms in order to fit there. Its shape, material, and radiance must be modulated and conceived in parallel with the architecture, animating its surface while specifying their function“.  Certainly this is the case for the present lot, whose numerous faceted glass elements set into a futurist brass structure present a dynamic contrast to the geometry of the Tour Arago hall.  The radiating arms and the lustre of the materials used impart this chandelier with a dynamism that is quintessential to the work of Ingrand.