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Jean Prouvé

"S.A.M." Table

Auction Closed

December 8, 05:46 PM GMT


600,000 - 800,000 USD

Lot Details


Jean Prouvé

"S.A.M." Table

circa 1952

model no. 506, designed for the Air France Headquarters in Brazzaville, Congo

enameled steel with the original Sipo mahogany top

28⅛ x 78⅝ x 34⅝ in. (71.4 x 199.7 x 87.9 cm)

Air France headquarters, Brazzaville, Congo, 1952
Galerie Jousse Seguin
Mrs. Lane Corburn
Jean Prouvé, exh. cat., Galeries Jousse Seguin et Enrico Navarra, Paris, 1998, pp. 140-141
Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Oeuvre Complète/Complete Works, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, p. 146
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. 444-447
Galerie Patrick Seguin and Sonnabend Gallery, ed., Jean Prouvé, Vol. II, Paris, 2007, pp. 75, 78-79, 142-143 and 166
Jean Prouvé, exh. cat., Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris, 2017, vol. 1, pp. 276-277

This important table, known as the “S.A.M.” no. 506, comes from a small series produced specifically for Air France Congo in 1952. Here, the steel frame with a metal traverse supports the solid wood top in well-preserved, original condition, with the legs screwed directly into the underside. Prouvé’s involvement in Africa in the late 1940s and early 1950s revolved around the construction of several prefabricated buildings, with parts coming directly from his atelier in Nancy. A prototype house in Niamey and two small business offices in Brazzaville preceded his largest undertaking, the headquarters and “unités d’habitations” for Air France personnel stationed in the Congolese capital. The interior design, which Charlotte Perriand oversaw, comprised as many as sixty-three rooms of six different types and sizes and furnished with pieces produced by Jean Prouvé, including the present table—a rare variant of an earlier table model designed circa 1945. Its unique proportions, stellar provenance and the superb combination of solid Sipo mahogany and lacquered metal contribute to making the present lot an exceptionally rare and desirable work by the French architect and designer.