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JEAN PROUVÉ | A RARE “KANGOUROU” ARMCHAIR, MODEL NO. FV 22

Estimate:

120,000

to
- 180,000 USD

Property from the Collection of Robert Rubin and Stéphane Samuel, Sold to Benefit The Center on Global Justice at UC San Diego

JEAN PROUVÉ | A RARE “KANGOUROU” ARMCHAIR, MODEL NO. FV 22

JEAN PROUVÉ | A RARE “KANGOUROU” ARMCHAIR, MODEL NO. FV 22

Estimate:

120,000

to
- 180,000 USD

Lot sold:

400,000

USD

Property from the Collection of Robert Rubin and Stéphane Samuel, Sold to Benefit The Center on Global Justice at UC San Diego

JEAN PROUVÉ

A RARE “KANGOUROU” ARMCHAIR, MODEL NO. FV 22


circa 1951

produced by Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Nancy, France

oak, lacquered metal, fabric upholstery

33⅛ x 27¼ x 36¼ in. (84.2 x 69.2 x 92 cm)

Overall in good condition. This exceptionally rare armchair by Prouvé, numbered FV 22 and known since its time of production as the “Kangourou” Armchair, is a variation on the more common “Visiteur” armchair designed during the same period. The red lacquered surfaces appear to be original with light surface scratches, minor abrasions and areas of loss scattered throughout, particularly visible on both arms and the front edge of the seat as pictured in the catalogue illustration. The wooden elements of the chair retain their rich texture and variable brown hues, and present with some scattered surface scratches, minor edge abrasions and areas of light and occasional darkening to the wood, all of which are consistent with age and gentle use. The wooden feet present with areas of light discoloration and slightly more pronounced scratches to the wood consistent with age and use. This example includes a red lacquered metal seat and a wooden backrest, the latter enclosed by two red lacquered frames on the upper and lower edges. The wooden backrest with a split to the wood running along the backrest and inherent to production, not affecting the stability of the piece. The chair retains its two original ball-shaped feet, one of which has been professionally and sensitively restored to repair a split to the wood. The two cushions are later additions in very good condition, with very light and scattered surface stains throughout, consistent with gentle use and not visually distracting. Sold to benefit the Center on Global Justice at UC San Diego, this lot provides collectors with a unique opportunity to acquire an important and rare Prouvé armchair model in original condition.


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.

Hôtel des Ventes Anticthermal, Nancy, March 25, 2001

Acquired from the above by the present owner

“L’élément-coque de Jean Prouvé,” Le Décor d’Aujourd’hui, July 1951, pp. 178-179 (for the model presented at the Salon des Arts Ménagers, Paris, 1951)

Dominique Clayssen, Jean Prouvé: l'idée constructive, Paris 1983, pp. 152 and 166 (for the model presented at the Salon des Arts Ménagers, Paris, 1951)

Jean Prouvé: Constructeur, exh. cat., Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1990, p. 116 (for the model presented at the Salon des Arts Ménagers, Paris, 1951)

Galeries Jousse Seguin and Enrico Navarra, Jean Prouvé, Paris, 1998, pp. 56-57

Jean Prouvé: La Biennale di Venezia, Paris, 2000, pp. 42 and 44-47

Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé:  Œuvre Complete/Complete Works, Volume 2: 1934-1944, Basel, 2000, fig. 11 (for a sketch of the chair model)

Laurence Allégret and Valérie Vaudou, eds., Jean Prouvé et Paris, Paris, 2001, p. 230

Jean Prouvé, 1901-1984: Constructeur, Paris, 2001, fig. 118 (for the model presented at the Salon des Arts Ménagers, Paris, 1951)

Jean Prouvé: Three Nomadic Structures, exh. cat., Arthur Ross Gallery, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, New York, 2002, p. 38 (for an Ateliers Jean Prouvé advertisement illustrating the chair model)

Christian Enjolras, Jean Prouvé: Les maisons de Meudon, 1949-1999, Paris, 2003, p. 59 (for the model presented at the Salon des Arts Ménagers, Paris, 1951)

Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre Complète/Complete Works, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, cat. no. 1135.8

Jean Prouvé: Three Nomadic Structures, Arthur Ross Gallery, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, New York, April 12-May 10, 2002 and September 12, 2003-April 23, 2004