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Jean Prouvé

Refectory Table

Jean Prouvé

Jean Prouvé

Refectory Table

Refectory Table

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Jean Prouvé

Refectory Table


circa 1939

produced by Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Nancy, France

galvanized steel, fibrated Granipoli concrete

28¾ x 63⅜ x 28 in. (73 x 161 x 71 cm)

Overall in very good condition. This rare and important table by Jean Prouvé, one of only approximately 30 to have been produced, was originally used as a canteen table at a children’s summer camp in France. The table exhibits four tapered and bent steel legs connected by a welded tube frame and bent steel crosspieces at each end, one of which is fitted with tubular napkin holders. This well-preserved example retains its original Granipoli concrete top which is in age-appropriate condition and presents with light surface scratches, small losses to the edges and corners as well as minor abrasions throughout, all consistent with use. The tabletop is connected to the base with screws which present with signs of age and oxidation throughout. The galvanized steel base is in very good and age-appropriate condition with light and gentle oxidation throughout consistent with age. The galvanized steel with very minor surface irregularities inherent to production. One leg with a small dimple to the surface measuring approximately 1/2 inch wide and not visually distracting. An exceptional and highly desirable design by Jean Prouvé.



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.

La Pierre Attelée summer camp, Saint-Brévin l'Océan, France
Galerie Jousse Seguin, circa 1995
Jean Prouvé, exh. cat., Galeries Jousse Seguin and Enrico Navarra, Paris, 1998, pp. 80-81
Jean Prouvé: Constructeur, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nancy, 2001, p. 71
Catherine Dumont d'Ayot and Bruno Reichlin, eds., Jean Prouvé: The Poetics of the Technical Object, exh. cat., Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein 2007, p. 312
Galerie Patrick Seguin and Sonnabend Gallery, ed., Jean Prouvé, Vol. I, Paris, 2007, pp. 414-417
Galerie Patrick Seguin and Sonnabend Gallery, ed., Jean Prouvé, Vol. II, Paris, 2007, pp. 111, 120-121, 140-141, 154 and 163
Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé, Complete Works Volume 2: 1934-1944, Basel, 2000, p. 241 (for a drawing of the model)
A Passion for Jean Prouvé, From Furniture to Architecture, The Laurence and Patrick Seguin Collection, exh. cat., Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Torino, 2013, pp. 42 and 142-145

An outstanding and exceedingly rare design by Jean Prouvé, the present table produced circa 1939 is one of only thirty canteen tables custom made for the seaside vacation camp at Saint-Brevin l’Océan. The present table exhibits four tapered and bent steel legs connected by a welded tube frame and bent steel crosspieces at each end, one of which is fitted with tubular napkin holders. For this specific design, Prouvé fitted the tabletop with Granipoli-fibrated cement and galvanized the metal surfaces to protect the piece from the local climatic conditions, and humidity specifically. A superb example of Prouvé’s interplay of form and function, the model further stands out by its scarcity on the secondary market with only seventeen examples remaining.